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Arson trial date is delayed

January 19, 2005

Robert Chacon

Next month a Superior Court Judge will decide how much more time a La

Crescenta man can have to prepare for his trial on charges of trying

to burn down his neighbor's home.

The case against Gary Glazier slowed significantly when he decided

to hire a new attorney.

Glazier's attorney, Robert Shapiro, said he needed a "significant

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amount of time" to review the charges and evidence compiled against

his client.

"Honestly, we don't know enough about the case, and we need time

to review," Shapiro said. The high-profile attorney was hired by

Glazier in December, after he fired his original attorney, Arthur

Greenspan.

"It was quite sudden," Shapiro said.

Because a defendant first has to waive his right to a speedy trial

in person, Judge Janice Croft will announce how much time to give

Shapiro to prepare for the case when Glazier is next due in court

Feb. 7.

Glazier was arrested May 13 by Los Angeles County Sheriff's arson

investigators on suspicion of setting fire to the home of his

neighbor, Albert Artsvelyan, in the 3000 block of El Caminito Street.

Glazier is also accused of setting fire to Artsvelyan's home in

February while the family of four was home sleeping. Glazier has been

charged with four counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson.

"This is tough," Artsvelyan said about the delay. Along with other

family members, he has attended every court date. "When you have

something like this happen to your family, you have to come."

Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Cheleden introduced DNA evidence Tuesday

linking Glazier to a pair of gasoline-soaked latex gloves allegedly

used during the May fire. The gloves were found in the bed of

Glazier's pickup truck, along with equipment allegedly used in

starting the fire. The DNA evidence places Glazier, 62, at the scene

of the crime, Sheriff's arson detective Edward Nordskog said.

Glazier has never disputed the gloves belonged to him, Nordskog

said.

"He never said a word to us, but it does match Glazier to the

incendiary evidence" he said.

Prosecutors have yet to introduce Glazier's motive for allegedly

committing the crimes, but Nordskog offered his version.

"He is a man who doesn't like anyone or anything near or on his

property," he said.

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