The court set Sept 19 for a preliminary hearing to examine evidence and witness lists after it was informed the defendants already had defence counsel arranged.
The eight have been indicted for second-degree murder in stabbing to death Somkiat Sichan, 35, at a bakery in the Lat Phrao area on May 1.
They are also charged with illegal possession of weapons and trespassing on the Pang Horm bakery owned by Somkiat’s elder sister, where the crime occurred.
The male defendants are: Akkaradet Thatsana, 22; Phiraphon Yotphonganan, 21; Arin Yotphonganan, 19; Mek Phonkraison, 19; Jatuporn Chansopa, 18; and an 18-year-old woman, Nattanicha Litlumlert.
Phiraphon, Arin, Mek and Monmanat Saengpho, 21, are reported to be sons of police officers. Nattanicha is Mr Monmanat’s girlfriend.
The male suspects armed with knives alleged stormed the shop on Chokchai 4 Rd in Bangkok following a quarrel with Somkiat, who had difficulty walking, over a motorcycle accident.
Nattanicha encouraged the young men to attack Somkiat, prosecutors allege.
A lawyer for Somkiat’s mother has petitioned the court to be a co-plaintiff on her behalf. The court will rule on Sept 19 whether to accept the request.
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