Teenager Charged in Maran Murder
By Teresa Rochester and Jorge Casuso
April 2 -- Four months after a Santa Monica High School sophomore was stabbed to death at a party near Westwood, the District Attorney's Office filed charges Tuesday against a 15-year-old involved in the case.
The teenager, who allegedly fought with Deanna Maran before Maran, 15, was stabbed, faces a misdemeanor count of battery and a felony count of making criminal threats.
The charges come a week-and-a-half after representatives from the DA's Office and the Los Angeles Police Department met with Maran's parents to discuss the findings of their investigation, which involved numerous interviews with teenage party-goers.
The Marans declined to comment on the charges filed Tuesday.
The teenage suspect, who will be arraigned in juvenile court on April 26, allegedly called her older half-sister Katrina Sarkissian, 17, after friends broke-up a fight she was having with Maran. Maran had allegedly scolded the girl for breaking several potted houseplants.
Sarkissian allegedly jumped and hit Maran before stabbing her. Maran died a short time later at Santa Monica Hospital, where friends drove her after she collapsed. Sarkissian and the 15-year-old were arrested the following day on suspicion of murder. Sarkissian collapsed during questioning and died a short time later of an intentional overdose of an anti-depressant medication.
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