California father pleads not guilty to murdering his five-year-old son after a Disneyland trip to get back at his estranged wife
Aramazd Andressian Sr pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered his five-year-old son, Aramazd Jr, in California court on Monday
Authorities have alleged Andressian killed his son to get back at his estranged wife
The boy’s body was found on June 30, near Lake Cachuma
He had been missing since April 21, when he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father
Seen Monday as he goes on trial accused of killing his five-year-old son. He sits in a courtroom after pleading not guilty to a murder charge in Alhambra, California on Monday..
The father of a five-year-old boy whose body was found near a Southern California lake pled not guilty to a murder charge Monday.
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 August 16.
Authorities have alleged Andressian killed his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., to get back at his estranged wife.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Cathryn Brougham presides over the arraignment for Andressian on Monday
Missing person flyer posted for Andressian Aramazd Jr
Andressian was returned to Los Angeles County last week from Las Vegas, where he was arrested.
Defense attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez said outside court that a blue smock his client wore during the arraignment was a suicide-prevention garment and that he was being evaluated by a jail psychiatrist.
Andressian is ‘in a state of shock,’ said the attorney, who declined to answer questions about the case.
Authorities say homicide detectives discovered the remains of the boy near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County on June 30. He had been missing for more than two months.
‘We are all grieving right now,’ Shaun Estevez, the boy’s uncle, said after the arraignment. ‘We’re really hurting.’
He said his sister, the boy’s mother, is still trying to come to grips with her son’s death.
‘We’re here for justice for Piqui,’ he said, using the boy’s nickname. ‘He was a great kid.’
Ana Estevez, center, the mother of Aramazd Andressian Jr. cried during a press conference about her missing son on this May 17, 2017
Ana Estevez said ‘no words could describe’ seeing Andressian in court
Investigators think the boy was killed early April 21 after a trip to Disneyland.
Police had searched for the boy since his father was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena on April 22. Andressian had taken prescription pills and was found in a car doused in gasoline in an apparent suicide attempt, sheriff’s officials said.
Andressian told authorities that he drove that day about 145 miles (233 kilometers) to Lake Cachuma. Before finding the remains, authorities had twice previously searched the lake unsuccessfully, using dogs and a dive team.
Andressian is escorted off a plane in shackles after landing at the Long Beach Airport on Friday