Man says in­no­cent in killing of son, 5

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

ALHAMBRA, Calif. — A Cal­i­for­nia man who au­thor­i­ties say killed his son af­ter a fam­ily trip to Dis­ney­land pleaded in­no­cent to a mur­der charge Mon­day, days af­ter his son’s body was found near a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia lake.

Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Sr., hands shackled at his waist, ap­peared be­fore Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Cathryn Brougham, who set bail at $10 mil­lion and sched­uled a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for Aug. 16.

Au­thor­i­ties have said An­dres­sian killed his son, Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Jr., to get back at his es­tranged wife. But they haven’t dis­closed how the boy, 5, was killed, what ev­i­dence there is link­ing the fa­ther to the boy’s death or what led them to find the young boy’s body more than two months af­ter his dis­ap­pear­ance.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives dis­cov­ered the re­mains of the boy near Lake Cachuma in Santa Bar­bara County on Fri­day.

De­fense at­tor­ney Am­bro­sio Ro­driguez said out­side court his client was “in a state of shock” and that a blue smock his client wore dur­ing the ar­raign­ment was a sui­cide-pre­ven­tion gar­ment. An­dres­sian was also be­ing eval­u­ated by a jail psy­chi­a­trist, he said.

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