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July 27, 2006
New counsel in Metrolink case A Superior Court judge appointed a new attorney for the man accused of causing the deadly Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash on Wednesday, court officials said. Juan Manuel Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and arson. Los Angeles attorney Norman Kallen will be Alvarez's new private counsel, a Los Angeles Superior Court clerk said. This is the third attorney Alvarez has had. His first lawyer, Eric A. Chase, had to step down from the case because as a pro-bono lawyer he did not have the resources to work a death penalty case, which the special circumstances designation in the charges allows for. County public defenders Rose Reglos and Luis J. Rodriguez took over the case at the end of September, but also had to drop the case because of what they called a conflict of interest.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | August 31, 2005
A Long Beach couple and another man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at their arraignment on charges that they murdered a retired Newport Beach couple. Skylar Deleon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and John Kennedy, 40, are charged with the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who police say were killed aboard their yacht, Well Deserved, in November. Orange County Superior Court Judge Daniel Didier decided Tuesday that the trial will be held in Judge Frank Fasel's courtroom.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila | July 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES ? A Superior Court judge relieved attorneys for the man accused of causing the deadly Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash of their duties Tuesday at their request, because of what they called a conflict of interest. County public defenders Rose Reglos and Luis J. Rodriguez will no longer represent Juan Manuel Alvarez, charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and arson for allegedly parking his 1993 Jeep Cherokee on the train tracks near Chevy Chase Drive and dousing it with gasoline to cause the deadliest crash in Metrolink's history.
NEWS
July 27, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE COURTHOUSE -- Michael Hrayr Demirdjian, the 15-year-old La Crescenta boy accused of beating to death two teens on an elementary school playground, spoke only his name in court Wednesday during a hearing. Another La Crescenta teen, arrested Tuesday afternoon, could be arraigned as soon as this afternoon on the same charges. "The way the investigation is going, there might be others involved in these crimes," Glendale Police spokesman Chahe Keuroghelian said.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | April 17, 2008
PASADENA — A Superior Court judge found Wednesday that there is enough evidence to put a 24-year-old Glendale man on trial for murder with special circumstances for the stabbing death in August of a woman outside a substance abuse treatment center. Hector Marroquin, wearing a blue jumpsuit with his hair pulled back into a tight ponytail, sat motionless in the courtroom during a preliminary hearing as 12 witnesses implicated him in the death of Glendale resident Joanne Sarkis, 32. Sarkis died on Aug. 27 as a result of multiple stab wounds, and witnesses testified seeing Marroquin attack her on the patio at the Windsor Club treatment center on Windsor Road, chasing her inside the lobby and trying to drag her out by her hair.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | February 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Juan Manuel Alvarez, who is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances for allegedly causing the worst wreck in Metrolink history, refused to appear in court Friday for a hearing. “We don’t know why he’s not here,” attorney Michael Belter said of his client. “He reports to us that he has had some problems upon his return. His cell has been tossed, sometimes his blankets have been soaked. In his mind, he feels it’s better for him to stay in his cell.
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Amber Willard DOWNTOWN -- Efren Saldivar barely glanced at the crowd in the Glendale courtroom Thursday afternoon when he appeared for his arraignment, which was delayed. Saldivar was charged Wednesday with six counts of murder for allegedly killing elderly patients while he was employed as a respiratory care therapist at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Glendale Police arrested Saldivar, 31, as he drove to work as an electrician's apprentice Tuesday from his Tujunga home.
NEWS
February 16, 2005
Robert Chacon Juan Manuel Alvarez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of murder and to one newly added charge of arson causing great bodily injury in last month's Metrolink derailment in Glendale. Prosecutors did not say what he had set fire to -- whether his Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the train cars or whether a fire had resulted from the crash. They would only say that some victims in the crash had been burned. "All of the details will come out in the preliminary trial," Deputy Dist.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 5, 2014
A Glendale man, his brother and a friend who are accused of killing his estranged boyfriend to collect on his life insurance policy were held Wednesday to answer to murder charges. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that sufficient evidence was presented during a three-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Hovanes Maskovian, 34, his brother Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 29, and 20-year-old Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan in the death of 33-year-old Glendale resident Joshua West.
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LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | April 17, 2008
PASADENA — A Superior Court judge found Wednesday that there is enough evidence to put a 24-year-old Glendale man on trial for murder with special circumstances for the stabbing death in August of a woman outside a substance abuse treatment center. Hector Marroquin, wearing a blue jumpsuit with his hair pulled back into a tight ponytail, sat motionless in the courtroom during a preliminary hearing as 12 witnesses implicated him in the death of Glendale resident Joanne Sarkis, 32. Sarkis died on Aug. 27 as a result of multiple stab wounds, and witnesses testified seeing Marroquin attack her on the patio at the Windsor Club treatment center on Windsor Road, chasing her inside the lobby and trying to drag her out by her hair.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | February 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Juan Manuel Alvarez, who is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances for allegedly causing the worst wreck in Metrolink history, refused to appear in court Friday for a hearing. “We don’t know why he’s not here,” attorney Michael Belter said of his client. “He reports to us that he has had some problems upon his return. His cell has been tossed, sometimes his blankets have been soaked. In his mind, he feels it’s better for him to stay in his cell.
LOCAL
September 21, 2007
A 23-year-old Glendale man charged with one count of murder with special circumstances pleaded not guilty Thursday in Pasadena Superior Court. Hector Marroquin is accused of laying in wait before stabbing Joanne Sarkis, 32, of Glendale, multiple times at the Windsor Club, a facility that hosts substance abuse support groups. Witnesses allegedly held Marroquin until police arrived and took him into custody. Sarkis was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where she died as a result of her wounds.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila | July 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES ? A Superior Court judge relieved attorneys for the man accused of causing the deadly Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash of their duties Tuesday at their request, because of what they called a conflict of interest. County public defenders Rose Reglos and Luis J. Rodriguez will no longer represent Juan Manuel Alvarez, charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and arson for allegedly parking his 1993 Jeep Cherokee on the train tracks near Chevy Chase Drive and dousing it with gasoline to cause the deadliest crash in Metrolink's history.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | August 31, 2005
A Long Beach couple and another man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at their arraignment on charges that they murdered a retired Newport Beach couple. Skylar Deleon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-Deleon, 24, and John Kennedy, 40, are charged with the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who police say were killed aboard their yacht, Well Deserved, in November. Orange County Superior Court Judge Daniel Didier decided Tuesday that the trial will be held in Judge Frank Fasel's courtroom.
NEWS
February 16, 2005
Robert Chacon Juan Manuel Alvarez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 counts of murder and to one newly added charge of arson causing great bodily injury in last month's Metrolink derailment in Glendale. Prosecutors did not say what he had set fire to -- whether his Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the train cars or whether a fire had resulted from the crash. They would only say that some victims in the crash had been burned. "All of the details will come out in the preliminary trial," Deputy Dist.
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Amber Willard DOWNTOWN -- Efren Saldivar barely glanced at the crowd in the Glendale courtroom Thursday afternoon when he appeared for his arraignment, which was delayed. Saldivar was charged Wednesday with six counts of murder for allegedly killing elderly patients while he was employed as a respiratory care therapist at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Glendale Police arrested Saldivar, 31, as he drove to work as an electrician's apprentice Tuesday from his Tujunga home.
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