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Tarzana man pleads guilty to manslaughter in ex-wife's shooting death

September 23, 2013|By Angel Jennings

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A Tarzana man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in the shooting death of his ex-wife.

Hrant Meguerian, 60, was charged with murder for fatally shooting his ex-wife, Azniv Meguerian, and with attempted murder for wounding her boyfriend, Michael Carver, in December at the Tarzana home they all shared.

He also faced an enhancement charge for using a firearm, said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Rena Durrant. 

The shooting took place about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 15 in the family's home in the 4500 block of Vanalden Avenue. Both victims were alive when police arrived, but Azniv Meguerian later died at a hospital.

The Meguerians had been divorced for some time, but Azniv allowed her ex-husband to move back in with her at the urging of their children when he fell ill, Durrant said.

Meguerian pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in his wife's death and to attempted second-degree murder for wounding Carver. He will receive a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm.  

Meguerian is expected to receive about 23 years in state prison when he is sentenced Oct. 29.

He has been held in lieu of $3.5-million bail since his arrest.

[For the record, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Sept. 23: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Azniv Meguerian's first name as Aznic. It also said he had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter; it is voluntary.]


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