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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hearing Set for Murder Defendant in PCH Death

• Crash Has Led to a PCH Safety Effort

BY BILL KOENEKER


Sina Khankhanian, 26, the San Fernando Valley man charged with the murder of Emily Shane was in court again last week.
Khankhanian, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, was ordered to court last Thursday when he was told to reappear in the courtroom on Jan. 13 for a preliminary hearing, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Khankhanian, who is being held on $3 million bail, is being charged with one felony count of murder with special allegations of using his vehicle as a deadly weapon to commit murder, according to the DA’s complaint.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum prison term of life with the possibility of parole.
Deputies reported the defendant drove his vehicle off the roadway on Pacific Coast Highway east of Heathercliff Road, fatally hitting Shane before he crashed into a power pole and overturned his vehicle
Shane’s death has spawned a public safety movement campaign for PCH.

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