The interpreter admitted he could not fully understand Grigoryan, so Pfau requested the court find a new Russian-Armenian interpreter for his client. The next interpreter may be one of the first three to work at Grigoryan’s hearings or a new person.
If Pfau had gone forward with Tuesday’s scheduled bail reduction hearing, he said, he would have jeopardized his client’s case.
Shubin said she would order an interpreter for the next hearing on Jan. 8, but couldn’t guarantee that person would appear for the hearing until the actual court date.
Russian-Armenian interpreters have gone to four hearings in Grigoryan’s case, said Allan Parachini, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokesman. The court has interpreters proficient in Armenian and Russian languages who are commonly requested in Glendale, he said.
Armenian language interpreters have been the second-most requested in Los Angeles County, Parachini said.
Grigoryan, 20, was arrested July 18 in Mexico City after allegedly hitting Sandoval on July 10 with his mother’s Mercedes-Benz as she jaywalked across South Glendale Avenue just south of East Windsor Road. Grigoryan is charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. All three are felonies.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Casey Higgins has offered Grigoryan a plea deal of 12 years in prison, but Grigoryan has not accepted the offer. If convicted, he could face 15 years to life in prison, said Jane Robison, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman.