California father accused of killing 5-year-old due in court

Aramazd Andressian Sr. appears in court Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. Andressian Sr. was arrested Friday in Las Vegas and is being held on $10 million bail. Authorities in Los Angeles say they believe Andressian killed his missing 5-year-old son to get back at his estranged wife during a bitter separation. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man charged with killing his 5-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, is due to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Alhambra. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and is being held on $10 million bail.

Prosecutors contend Andressian killed his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., to get back at his estranged wife.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have said they think the boy was killed early April 21. His body was found on June 30 near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.

Andressian Sr. was found passed out in a South Pasadena park on April 22. He 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. The area was searched several times, but the boy's remains were not discovered until more than two months after his disappearance.

Authorities have not disclosed how the boy was killed, what evidence there is linking the father to the boy's death or what led them to the young boy's body.

Andressian's attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez, has said his client denies the allegations. He has previously declined to comment when asked what his client says happened to his son and would not answer other questions about the case.


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