July 3, 2001
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- Glendale Police are still asking for the public's help in solving a year-old murder case. Renata Reich was found dead on her front lawn in the 100 block of Wonderview Drive on April 16, 2000. She was 66. An autopsy showed she died from head trauma but police have said they have few leads as finding her killer. The area around her hillside home was frequented at night because of its view of the surrounding area, police said.
June 24, 2008
PASADENA — A Superior Court judge on Monday ordered prosecutors in the hit-and-run murder trial of Ara Grigoryan to meet with his defense team and resolve evidence issues that have slowed court proceedings to a near standstill. The order came after defense attorney Christopher Pfau told the court that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has continually stunted efforts to confirm all of the evidence against his client, who is charged in the hit-and-run death of Elizabeth Sandoval nearly a year ago. “I do believe there’s additional discovery,” Pfau said.
December 14, 2010
GLENDALE— The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a federal jury's decision that a Sunland man had been wrongly detained by Glendale police as part of a murder investigation. In upholding the 2009 verdict, the appellate panel determined that evidence showing that Glendale police officers lacked probable cause to arrest Edmond Ovasapyan was sufficient enough to support the federal jury's decision to award him $1.31 million. Trial evidence showing that the officers "misled the prosecutor and withheld exculpatory information from her" also supported the jury's findings, the judges said in their opinion.
July 28, 2011
After a nearly week of deliberations, the jury in the murder case against Marcos Costa, the driver of a brakeless big rig that killed two people in La Cañada in April 2009, announced Thursday they had reached a verdict on at least some of the counts. It is expected to be announced in Pasadena Superior Court at 3:15 pm.
June 28, 2002
The United States Supreme Court has struck again. In an absolutely horrible decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that in a criminal case, if a defendant's lawyer has a conflict of interest, and that becomes the grounds upon which the defendant seeks a new trial, the defendant needs to prove that the conflict of interest adversely affected the lawyer's performance. Well, of course it did. This is absolutely ridiculous. This was a murder case, and the defendant's attorney had previously represented the murder victim!
March 24, 2003
Darleene Barrientos After three years of preliminary hearings and court appointments, Raul Aguirre's accused killers may finally have their days in court. Karen Terteryan, 20, Rafael Gevorgyan, 18, and Anait Msryan, 16, are accused of beating Aguirre to death and stabbing him May 5, 2000, when he tried to intervene in what police said was a gang fight. The trial is scheduled to start April 7 in Department 108 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center at 210 W. Temple Street.
March 24, 2004
Re "Jury without options might feel like it has all-or-nothing choice," The Counselor's Corner, March 5, by defense attorney Charles J. Unger (Also, the News-Press should give some knowledgeable prosecuting attorney an "Opposing Corner" to adequately respond to Unger's sometimes too emotionally swayed "defense" column): First, notice that Unger doesn't address the facts that convicted Alfredo Valdez of "robbery murder," as if this heinous crime isn't in the first instance relevant to the extreme penalty -- death.
February 8, 2002
In recent weeks, the response of many in the community to the sentencing of our son, Michael, has touched our hearts. Despite the one-sided reporting of the media, residents of the Foothill communities have enough information to know that something has gone horribly wrong. There is some comfort in knowing that, in spite of the efforts of the Glendale Police and the district attorney, the truth about this case will eventually come to light. Our son has been imprisoned for the killings of his two friends.
November 23, 2000
Tim Willert PASADENA -- The only person to be charged with the murders of two boys on a La Crescenta playground pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court. Michael Demirdjian, 15, entered the plea during his arraignment on two counts of murder and two counts of robbery. The murder charges carry special circumstances of multiple murder, torture and robbery. In the same courtroom Wednesday, Judge Joseph A. De Vanon delayed a pretrial conference for seven teenagers charged with burglary, but ordered each to be on call as witnesses in the murder case, which resumes Jan. 3 with a pretrial hearing.