SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Aramazd Andressian, Sr., will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office even though he admitted killing his 5-year-old son near Cachuma Lake.
Andressian changed his plea to "guilty" in his son's murder Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
"Today, Mr. Andressian took responsibility for what he did," said Ambrosio Rodriguez, Andressian's attorney.
The 35-year-old Pasadena man confessed to killing his son, Aramazd Andressian, Jr., out of revenge against his then estranged wife, Ana Estevez, for their pending divorce. The grieving mother handed out flyers in Downtown Santa Barbara back in May asking for the community's help. The father was seen partying in Vegas during that time and was arrested for the second time June 23.
"It was Mr. Andressian who, when he brought back from Las Vegas, that gave the officers the information to where his son was buried," said a prosecutor.
After several searches in and around the Cachuma Lake area, the boy's body was found in the morning hours of July 1 by the Vista Point.
The case fell into two jurisdictions because of the events leading up to the murder and after. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley met with prosecutors in Los Angeles recently to discuss the case.
"We addressed the fact that we have joint jurisdiction, but instead of turning jurisdiction over to Los Angeles, I felt like I wanted to go down to Los Angeles and meet with the actual prosecutors in the case and have them put on a powerpoint for me about how they were going to handle the case," said Dudley.
She made a decision to turn the case over to Los Angeles County after careful thought.
"All of the law enforcement officers, the coroner was there and all of the testifying witnesses were there. I felt like it was in the best interest of that victim and extended family to have the case down and heard in Los Angeles," said Dudley.
Andressian will face 25 years to life.
"The evidence clearly supports the fact that it was planned, that it was premeditated. It was deliberate. He had this in mind before he actually committed the murder," said Craig Hum, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
Dudley will not be a part of any further court proceedings regarding this case.