U. S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita asks Attorney General Eric Holder to Investigate Screw up in the Mike Yepremyan Case John J. Nazarian AgreesPosted by Rose in Desperate Exes, Exclusive Rose Speaks, High Proflie Trials, John J. Nazarian, John J. Nazarian P.I, John Nazarian, John Nazarian PI, Nazarian P. I., Rose Speaks
C.J. Lin of the Los Angeles Daily News is reporting that Rep. “Buck” McKeon wants answers in release of suspect in killing at North Hollywood Sears’ lot as outrage after man sought in 2009 shooting skips bail in Puerto Rico continues to grow in California over the teen text murder.
Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita on Tuesday, July 6 2011, in a letter to U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked him to investigate the release of the suspected killer of a Granada Hills teen by a Puerto Rican judge despite authorities’ requests to keep him in custody. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon has asked for information on the release of Zaren Manjikian, who is wanted on suspicion of killing 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan in a Sears parking lot in North Hollywood in November 2009.
Zaren Manjikian allegedly shot Yepremyan in the back of the head over a text message in which he called someone a “bitch,” police said. As we all know since Rose Speaks and the L. A. Times have continued the coverage and after an 18-month investigation, U.S. Marshals tracked Manjikian to an apartment in Puerto Rico and arrested him in May. Authorities asked Puerto Rican Judge Gloria Maynard to hold Manjikian, 23, without bail during extradition proceedings. But Maynard set a bail of $50,000. Manjikian posted 10 percent of it, was released from custody, and promptly disappeared again.
“The action of this judge in Puerto Rico was an affront to law enforcement, effectively nullifying nearly two years of work LAPD detectives put in to capture the killer of Mike Yepremyan,” wrote L. A Councilman Paul Krekorian asked those questions in a letter that Representative McKeon forwarded to U. S. Attorney General Holder. “To ignore a no-bail arrest warrant and extradition request, and to release a murder suspect who is a proven flight risk on absurdly low bail of $50,000, is an abrogation of justice and puts the public at great and unnecessary risk,” Krekorian wrote. “There can be no rational explanation for this bizarre decision by Judge Maynard that would be consistent with the faithful performance of her duties as a judge.”
L. A Councilman Krekorian has also asked U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to pressure Puerto Rican officials to catch Manjikian. A motion that Krekorian authored that calls for a federal investigation will likely be heard by the council this week or next.
“There certainly should be a federal probe,” said John Nazarian, the Yepremyans’ private investigator and spokesman. “For the family, it was another devastating blow. “To have Judge Maynard to make such a casual, off-the-cuff decision, is almost criminal. It is a total outrage and a slap in the face of every legitimate judge.”
A second suspect in the case, Vahagn Jurian, has also been charged with murder. Jurian, 23, was arrested during a traffic stop last month, police said. He was ordered to be handed over for trial by California Judge Nudell this week for the teen text murder case. Jurian is suspected of driving the getaway car after Manjikian allegedly shot Yepremyan.
In a text message sent to Mike Yepremyan’s girlfriend, Yepremyan called his girlfriend’s friend, Kat Vardanian, a bitch, said Detective Richard Wheeler of LAPD North Hollywood Division. Vardanian was with the girlfriend at the time and saw the text message. She memorized his number and began calling family and friends, Wheeler said. Mike Yepremyan began receiving calls from strangers to meet at the Sears parking lot. Manjikian and Jurian met him there, Wheeler said.
Art Yepremyan, Mike’s father, said he was glad to hear of the possibility of a federal investigation. He was still trying to comprehend how Manjikian could have been released. “Justice is going to be taken,” Art Yepremyan said. “This was our only son. And he was killed for what?”
John J. Nazarian remains in contact with Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s staff at the representative’s Washington D. C. office to monitor the progress of the request for an investigation, in an exclusive comment to Rose Speaks.com Mr. Nazarian remains hopeful that those responsible for the murder of Mike will be brought to justice. John J. Nazarian predicts that more arrests will come.
I am wondering now that Vahagn Jurian has been ordered to stand trial on the murder if this might not be a great chance for him to make a deal with the state and not go down alone for this horrible teen text murder.
Desperate Exes.com also has an article up about Vahagn Jurian being held over for trial on the murder charges well worth a read:
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