Man found guilty of grandmother’s murder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Khajarian’s attorney, Edward Rucker, presented evidence during the trial suggesting his client was simple-minded and had a history of mental illness. He had urged the jury to return a verdict of manslaughter. “I’m not going to minimize that something isn’t going on in him,” Daly countered. “He has some type of mental illness. However, it isn’t a mental illness that would negate his criminal responsibility.” Rucker could not be reached for comment after the verdict. Daly argued during the trial that Khajarian used the gasoline and set down a trail of clothing and bedding to lead the fire from a heater to where his grandmother was lying in bed. Juror Shirley Hossain, 48, of Sunland said the jury wasn’t sure Khajarian did set up the trail, and that was why they decided against first-degree murder. But the 11-woman, one-man jury was comfortable finding that he used gas to set the fire, she said. PASADENA – After deliberating nearly 10 days, a jury found a Glendale man guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for killing his 92-year-old grandmother by lighting fire to the room where she was lying in bed. Antranik Khajarian, 38, who was accused of first-degree murder by prosecutors, still faces a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced March 10. He was also found guilty of two counts of arson and another count of possession of flammable material – the gasoline in a container he used to set the fire. Khajarian’s mother, the daughter of victim Arpine Demerjian, testified in the trial and sat with her husband in court Thursday. Khajarian and his parents showed little emotion as the verdicts were read. “I hope only happiness for this family,” Deputy District Attorney Jean Daly said afterward. “They’ve gone through a lot of loss.” During the trial, Daly left open the possibility that the heater started the fire after Khajarian poured the gas in the room. But she suggested that Khajarian used a match. Jurors said returning a verdict in such a serious case was difficult emotionally, and that they took so long because they wanted to be diligent. “You get frustrated because you want to make the right decision,” Hossain said. “You want to know what’s going on and do good.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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