Man says innocent in killing of son, 5
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.