The father of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found near Lake Cachuma says will plead not guilty to murder.
Ambrosio Rodriguez, the attorney for Aramazd Andressian, says Saturday that his client is heartbroken by Friday’s discovery but intends to enter a not guilty plea.
His son, Aramazd Jr., vanished in late April after a family outing to Disneyland. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says the boy’s remains were found Friday near the Santa Barbara County lake.
The coroner’s office says it still must confirm the identity and determine a cause of death.
Andressian has always denied he killed his son. Prosecutors contend, however, that the South Pasadena man did away with the child to spite his estranged wife as they headed for divorce.
Andressian was arrested in Las Vegas last week and extradited to Southern California on Friday.