OAKLAND — A person who labored at a Berkeley engineering and analysis firm, charged with poisoning one in every of his co-workers, had his bail elevated to $2 million on Thursday.
David Xu’s protection legal professional, Julia Jayne, requested that his bail be set on the beforehand paid quantity of $200,000. However as a substitute, Alameda County Superior Court docket Choose Yolanda Northridge set it at $2 million on Thursday. The prosecutor, Matt Golde, had requested for $5 million bail.
Xu, 34, is dealing with three felony expenses, together with tried homicide leading to nice bodily damage, and two counts of poisoning he’s alleged to have dedicated beginning in October 2017 towards his colleague and her two kin.
He additionally pleaded not responsible to his expenses on Thursday.
He was initially arrested and posted $200,000 bail. However as a result of no expenses had instantly been filed, police rearrested him March 28 at his Lafayette dwelling.
Based on courtroom paperwork, Xu is accused of placing cadmium within the sufferer’s meals and water on many events. Cadmium is a poisonous metallic and might trigger toxicity to the organ system, most cancers and/or loss of life.
The lady sufferer advised authorities that she observed an odd style or odor from her water and meals that she left unattended in her workplace. She turned instantly sick after consuming the water, and no less than on one event needed to go to the hospital for emergency care.
She later put a surveillance digicam in her workplace and twice discovered video proof of Xu including a substance to her water bottle, authorities mentioned. The primary tampering occurred on Feb. 11, 2019, and the second occurred on March 4. The lady’s kin additionally drank from the lady’s bottles in November and December 2018 and likewise turned sick.
Xu has a doctorate in supplies science and engineering, and labored as a senior materials engineer, an skilled witness and knowledgeable mechanical engineer on the Berkeley Engineering and Analysis on Gilman Avenue, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
He acquired all his levels from UC-Berkeley, and was additionally a licensed hearth and explosion investigator, and knowledgeable electrical, chemical and mechanical engineer, his legal professional Jayne wrote in a bail movement.
He has labored on key litigation previously, together with the San Bruno PG&E pipeline explosion of 2010, and helped work on the Golden Gate Bridge suicide web, his legal professional mentioned.
She mentioned he has no previous felony historical past, owns a house and is married with two youngsters.
His spouse, whom he has recognized for 15 years and met whereas at college, wrote a letter to the choose, asking for Xu to return dwelling. She referred to as him a “loving husband” and a “nice human being” within the letter.
“My youngsters and I miss him dearly!” she wrote.
The couple has two youngsters, one age 5 and the opposite eight months outdated. Xu is the only real breadwinner of the household, and takes his older daughter to highschool, ballet, swimming and gymnastics and ice skating classes, the movement mentioned.
“His youngsters are his satisfaction and pleasure in life,” his spouse wrote.
Xu is subsequent scheduled to look in courtroom in Could.
Employees author Rick Hurd contributed to this story.