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Evidence grim in arson trial

November 18, 2005|By By Tania Chatila

Gary Glazier, of La Crescenta, is on trial for attempted murder, accused of twice setting fire to neighbor's home. FOR THE RECORD

In Tuesday's article "Evidence grim in arson trial" and Wednesday's "Witness' words are questioned," the counts against Gary Glazier were listed incorrectly. He is charged with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of arson, one count of burglary and one count of possession of a flammable device.

PASADENA -- Prosecutors presented evidence Monday that they say links a 62-year-old La Crescenta man charged with attempted murder to two fires set at his neighbor's home.

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Gary Glazier is being tried for four counts of attempted murder and four counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to his neighbor's home twice in 2004.

Jurors got a first-hand look at a two-and-a-half gallon paint tank, a rubber air hose, gloves and paper towels allegedly recovered from Glazier's pickup truck after the second fire he is accused of setting.

Glazier was arrested on May 13, 2004, on suspicion of setting an early-morning fire to his neighbor Albert Artsvelyan's home on the 3500 block of El Caminito Street in La Crescenta.

Artsvelyan's family was staying at a relative's house at the time because their home was being repaired from a Feb. 22 fire that same year, which Glazier is also suspected of starting.

Edward Nordskog, a detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, testified in Pasadena Superior Court Monday that in the hours following the May 13 fire, he knew something would be found at Glazier's home.

"I believed in my mind there was going to be some evidence there," Nordskog said.

But Glazier was reluctant to let police search his property.

"Within a minute or so, he came down his driveway and appeared very angry," he said "We asked him if we could search his front yard and he said 'Absolutely not.'"

Police obtained a search warrant and eventually searched Glazier's property, Nordskog.

Investigators suspect the commercial paint sprayer they found was used to start the fire, he said.

While investigating the May blaze, arson detectives found video surveillance from Artsvelyan's home that showed how the fire began. In the video, gasoline from a commercial pumper was sprayed onto the home -- from Glazier's side of the property line -- and the fire was lighted with a long pole burning at one end, Nordskog said.

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