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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Pre-Trial Conference Set for PCH Crash Defendant

BY BILL KOENEKER

Sina Khankhanian, 27, charged with the murder of Emily Shane, was in court again this week on Tuesday morning at a hearing where another pre-trial conference was scheduled for July 6, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Several months ago, a judge found that there was enough evidence for the San Fernando Valley man to stand trial.
Khankhanian pleaded not guilty at his arraignment to a formal charge of murder, 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 could face a maximum prison term of life with the possibility of parole.
Deputies reported the defendant, allegedly in an attempt at suicide, drove his vehicle off the roadway on Pacific Coast Highway east of Heathercliff Road, crashing into a power pole, overturning his vehicle, and fatally hitting Shane.
Shane’s death has generated a public safety movement campaign for PCH.

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