A Glendale man accused of killing his estranged boyfriend to collect on his life insurance policy was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on murder charges.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that sufficient evidence was presented during a three-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Hovanes Maskovian, 34, as well his brother Hachik "Kriss" Maskovian, 29, and a friend, 20-year-old Nazaret "Nick" Bayamdzhyan, the Glendale News-Press reported.
The brothers and Bayamdzhyan are charged with killing Glendale resident Joshua West, 33. They are also facing special circumstances of lying in wait and murder for financial gain.
Additional investigation found that Maskovian called a State Farm insurance agent the day before the killing to inquire about his and West’s insurance policies.
Hachik Maskovian’s attorney Alex Kessel said his client’s co-defendants had credibility problems because of the discrepancies in their statements.
Bayamdzhyan’s attorney Karine Basmadjian argued that there was insufficient evidence on the murder charge, but that he could be held for assault.
Rocha writes for Times Community News.