CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 |
A 34-year-old Glendale man who prosecutors say planned the brutal killing of his estranged boyfriend to collect his life insurance policy was charged in court Monday with murder and attempted kidnapping. Los Angeles County prosecutors allege that Hovanes “John” Maskovian -- along with his brother, Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 29, and a third defendant, Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan, 19 -- planned the slaying of his ex-boyfriend, Joshua West, who was beaten, shot, run over and left for dead April 24 in the 10200 block of Penrose Street, the Glendale News-Press reported . The three were charged with one count each of murder and attempted kidnapping, according to the district attorney's office.