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Arraignment delayed for Aguirre suspects

July 07, 2000

Amber Willard

GLENDALE COURTHOUSE -- The arraignment Thursday afternoon for three

youths accused of killing Hoover High School student Raul Aguirre was

delayed until August.

Court Commissioner Daniel F. Calabro delayed the arraignment at the

request of attorneys for the suspects -- Karen Terteryan, 17; Rafael

Gevorgyan, 15; and Anait Ano Msryan, 14.

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The three, brought into the courtroom wearing orange jumpsuits, are

charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and street

terrorism. A special circumstance of murder by a street gang could mean

that if convicted, the youths could receive life sentences without

parole.

Aguirre's mother and sister were in court for the arraignment.

Aguirre, 17, who was not a gang member, was killed May 5 in front of

Hoover High School when he tried to break up a fight between Latino and

Armenians gang members, police said.

Prosecutors have said Gevorgyan hit Aguirre with a crowbar and that

Terteryan stabbed him four times.

Police have said Msryan was driving the car that the three used to

flee the fight scene. She is the youngest female in Glendale history to

be charged with murder, police said.

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