SAN JOSE (BCN) — Two San Jose brothers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in the shooting deaths of their parents who were found dead in their Evergreen neighborhood home.
Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, and Omar Golamrabbi, 17, who is being charged as an adult, were each arraigned on two counts of murder and entered the pleas at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, prosecutors said.The pair is scheduled to return to court on Thursday.
The two brother gave conflicting statements to investigators on how the death occurred.
The pair is scheduled to return to court on Thursday.
The defendants’ parents, 59-year-old Golam Rabbi and 57-year-old Shamima Rabbi, were found dead at their home in the 3000 block of Lucas Court, police said.
The deaths happened on April 23 and the victims were found the following day just before 2 p.m. after relatives called 911, according to a statement of facts written by police Sgt. Patrick Guire filed in the case.
Responding officers found the parents, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene around 4 p.m., Guire wrote.
The two sons, who lived at the home, told relatives who called them around 9:30 a.m. on April 24 that they were at a convention in Oakland, Guire wrote.
The relatives asked the sons to return to their home, where no one was answering their calls or knocks. Golam Rabbi also hadn’t shown up to his job, according to Guire.
The relatives waited for several hours before they went inside the residence and found the two bodies, Guire wrote.
Omar Golamrabbi, who had turned off his cellphone, called back a relative and was found 2 miles away from the home while officers were on the scene, according to Guire.
The boy, who had denied any involvement with the deaths, was taken to police headquarters where he told investigators that he and his brother left for an anime convention at the Oakland Convention Center around 9:30 a.m. on April 23 while their mother was asleep and their father was awake, Guire wrote.
The 17-year-old teen said he and his brother stayed the night at an Oakland hotel and drove back to their San Jose home after calls from their relatives, according to Guire.
The boy said his brother dropped him off 2 miles away from the residence and then drove away. An officer saw him walking home, Guire wrote.
Investigators had found writings on the walls near where the bodies were found and it appeared they were by two people. The investigators compared the handwritings with notebooks found in the sons’ bedrooms and determined Omar Golamrabbi’s penmanship was similar to one group of the messages on the walls, according to Guire.
On Wednesday, the boy was arrested and his older brother was taken into custody in Tracy, police said.
Hasib Golamrabbi told officers that an unnamed stranger assaulted him at the home and ordered him to fire at his father, but said he didn’t see his mother get shot, according to Guire.
Omar Golamrabbi told investigators that he was inside the home when his older brother allegedly carried out the shootings, Guire wrote.
The 17-year-old boy said that after his father died, the older brother told him to close the curtains and then his mother was killed, according to Guire.
The boy checked the closed garage door to make sure no blood was leaking outside before they drove away. Omar Golamrabbi didn’t mention any stranger or another person at the residence, according to Guire.
The brothers didn’t notify law enforcement, call for help or tell anyone of their parents’ deaths, Guire wrote.
The 22-year-old brother is in custody at Santa Clara County Jail without bail and the 17-year-old boy is being held at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall, according to police.
On Friday, a prayer service was held for the slain couple at the Muslim Community Association facility in Santa Clara before they were buried at Five Pillars Farm Cemetery in Livermore, family friend Hasan Rahim said.
The couple had immigrated from Bangladesh and was longtime members of the Evergreen Islamic Center, Rahim said.
Omar Golamrabbi was enrolled as a student at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, East Side Union High School District superintendent Chris Funk said.