A Glendale man on trial in the stabbing death of his wife was convicted of second-degree murder this week by a Pasadena Superior Court judge.
Haro Agakian, 40, was found guilty of stabbing his wife, Judy Agakian, 37, with a kitchen knife in the master bedroom of their apartment in the 300 block of North Isabel Street on March 16, 1988.
Judge Terry Smerling heard the case after Agakian waived his right to a jury trial.
The prosecution and defense agreed that Agakian stabbed his wife after a bitter argument. But at issue in the much-delayed, five-week trial was whether the killing was premeditated. Deputy Dist. Atty. Donna L. Wills had asked the judge for a first-degree murder conviction, arguing that the killing was planned. Defense attorney Bradley W. Brunon had argued for a verdict of voluntary manslaughter.
Wills sought to prove that Agakian brought two serrated kitchen knives to the third-floor bedroom with the intention of killing his wife and then himself. Agakian suffered six superficial stab wounds to his chest.