Byline: Louise Farr

LOS ANGELES — A hearing to set a trial date in the case of Karapet Demirdzhyan — accused in the 1993 drive-by shooting death in Glendale of Carole Little independent contractor Jack Antonyan — has been postponed until Friday. The hearing was to have been held last week.
Last month, charges against Demirdzhyan were dropped and immediately refiled before jury selection was to begin. Authorities said they had discovered a surprise witness and the refiling gave them time to evaluate what they said might be new evidence linking the Antonyan murder to two other, more recent murders of Carole Little Inc. executives. Although the witness was not named in order to protect his identity, informed sources suggested that he was previously employed by one of Carole Little company’s outside contractors. A highly placed government source said the witness was brought into the criminal case by the Internal Revenue Service, which the source said is investigating the financial dealings of three Carole Little sewing contractors.
Deputy district attorney Ellen Aragon, who is prosecuting Demirdzhyan, has said all along that there is no apparent personal motive for Demirdzhyan to have murdered Antonyan. Now Aragon is casting doubt on whether the surprise witness will prove helpful to the prosecution’s case against the accused killer.
“We still are holding on to the last remnants of hope that something will break with this witness,” she said last week, declining to elaborate for fear that she “might give too much away.”

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