21 year old Nicol Shakhnazaryan, one of the alleged perps arrested June 20 in the vicious beating of Vivian Diego has plead not guilty to charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury in the May 31 attack.
Shakhnazaryan's attorney is incredibly claiming self defense for his client. He asserts that Diego was the aggressor that night and attacked his client and his friends.
Yeah, right. That surveillance videotape says otherwise. But if that tactic of convincing a jury that the videotape is lying worked to get off LA cops shown beating the crap out of Rodney King with their batons back in 1992, I can see why you'd try to run that same legal defense playbook with a white defendant from the San Fernando Valley and a Los Angeles trans Latina victim.in court especially since the Gwen Araujo Justice For Victims Act bans the use of the trans panic defense in California..
Shakhnazaryan faces eight years in jail if he is convicted and is due back in court July 16 to get his preliminary hearing date.
The other people involved in the beating of Diego have yet to be arrested and a $25,000 reward is still being offered in the case for any information that leads to their arrest. Anyone with
information about the attackers should email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call LAPD detectives at (213) 972-2967.