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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Defendant in PCH Crash Case Pleads Not Guilty at Second Arraignment

• DA Expected to Pursue Life Sentence

BY BILL KOENEKER


Sina Khankhanian, 26, charged with the murder of Emily Shane, was in court again last week at an arraignment hearing where the defendant pleaded not guilty, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 8, according to the DA’s spokesperson.
The arraignment was scheduled last week after a judge found that there was enough evidence for the San Fernando Valley man to stand trial.
All of the evidence was presented to the court which opined there was enough evidence to try him.
Khankhanian, who pleaded not guilty at his initial arraignment, was scheduled for a second arraignment last week when he pleaded to the formal charges, according to the DA’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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