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Not guilty plea entered in Canyon Country stabbing

Posted: May 28, 2013 1:37 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2013 5:11 p.m.

A 19-year-old man charged with attempted murder for the stabbing of another man in Canyon Country last week has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge against him, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Steven Markarian of Canyon Country appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Friday to enter a plea of not guilty, spokeswoman Jane Robison said Tuesday.

Markarian is scheduled to appear back in court next month.

Sgt. Dean Currie of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department’s COBRA team, which investigates juvenile crime and gang activity, described the stabbing May 21 as an assault with a deadly weapon in the River Park Apartment complex.

The stabbing appears to be gang related, Currie said in a news release.

Markarian was being held on $1 million bail.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, underwent emergency surgery at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was expected to survive his injuries, a sheriff’s lieutenant said shortly after the stabbing.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m. March 21 deputies responded to reports that a man had been stabbed in the abdomen in the 27000 block of Sara Street near Chelsea Way and south of Jakes Way, the lieutenant said.

Detectives arrested Markarian shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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