EX-EXEC OF CAROLE LITTLE SUBPOENAED
Byline: Kristi Ellis
LOS ANGELES — Karin Wong Holzinger, former vice president of domestic manufacturing for California Fashion Industries Inc., the producer of the Carole Little lines, has been subpoenaed to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday in connection with the murder trial of Karapet Demirdzhyan.
At that time, it will be determined when Holzinger will actually be asked to testify in the trial, which is to start by the end of this month.
Demirdzhyan is accused in the 1993 murder of Hakop (Jack) Antonyan, an outside contractor for California Fashion.
Holzinger’s testimony is sought as part of a prosecution strategy to tie the Antonyan murder to a pattern of violence that has affected the Carole Little firm for the past two years. Holzinger was threatened and shot at while still an employee of the firm, and her house was firebombed hours after Antonyan was murdered on Nov. 2, 1993.
Deputy district attorney Ellen Aragon has, as reported, also subpoenaed Leonard Rabinowitz, co-chairman of California Fashion, but said she has not decided whether he will be called, now that Holzinger has been served.
Due to a mistake in scheduling for a hearing held last Thursday, Demirdzhyan was not present in the courtroom. Because of his absence, Judge Jacqueline A. Connor postponed ruling on two motions.
The first involves a defense request that the prosecution disclose the identity of a potential witness the prosecution hoped would, like Holzinger, be able to tie the Antonyan murder to the murders of two Carole Little company executives — Kenneth Martin, director of worldwide sourcing, who was shot to death in December 1994, and Rolando Ramirez, chief financial officer, fatally shot last May.
“I have requested the identity of a person who may have information,” said defense attorney James N. Sussman outside the courtroom.
Aragon told WWD that the potential witness never gave her a statement and the information she thought might help her case “never materialized.”
She added that both the DA’s office and U.S. attorney’s office are exercising an informative privilege and declining to give the defense the identity of the person. “There is no indication that this person has exculpatory information that would get Demirdzhyan off the hook,” Aragon said.
Connor must also rule on the prosecution’s motion to admit a videotape showing the person who threw the firebomb from the car at Holzinger’s house.
Stephen G. Larson, an assistant U.S. attorney in the organized crime task force, told WWD the FBI is still investigating the murders of the two Carole Little executives. He confirmed that no federal arrest warrants have been issued.