The murder trial of a South Carolina man accused in the torture-slaying of a Glendale pizza deliveryman is expected to begin next week, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Terry A. Green, prosecutor in the case.
Selection of the Pasadena Superior Court jury that will hear the trial of Mitchell Carleton Sims, 26, will be completed today or Friday, with opening statements on Monday, Green predicted.
Sims is charged with the Dec. 9, 1985, robbery and motel-room killing of Domino's Pizza deliveryman John Steven Harrigan. Harrigan's bound body was found submerged in a bathtub at the Regalodge Motel in Glendale. A washcloth was stuffed in his mouth and a pillowcase tied over his head. If convicted, Sims faces the death penalty.
Victims Tied to Racks
Sims also faces two counts of attempted murder in a robbery later that night of Harrigan's co-workers at the Brand Boulevard pizza parlor. The two victims were discovered by police tied to metal racks inside a darkened food locker in such a manner that they had to stand on their tiptoes to avoid strangulation.