Several Santa Clarita Valley cases made their way through the courts this week, according to officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
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The case of a man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, two accused in a gang-related stabbing and a woman accused of arson on New Year’s Day were all in court this week.
Dino Guglielmelli, 52, of Canyon Country, stands accused of trying to pay $80,000 to have a hitman to kill his wife.
Guglielmelli, a millionaire CEO and founder of Creation’s Garden, had his case continued until April 3.
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The prosecution is ready to go to trial according to Emily Cole, the deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County prosecuting the case.
Cole said she anticipates a trial taking place in the first week of May, barring any further delays from the defense.
Guglielmelli pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and is being held in lieu of $10 million bail at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
Creation’s Garden assets were sold at a bankruptcy sale Feb.12-13, according to a news release from the Tiger Group.
Daniel Constantino, 20, was held to answer to a charge of attempted murder Feb. 28, according to an official with the District Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded not guilty Friday at a formal arraignment, when the charges against them were presented.
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McConahay is accused of getting out of a car driven by Constantino and stabbing Miguel Cid outside of a party in Canyon Country.
Detectives said the two drove up to Cid’s car in a dark-colored, late-1990s Chevy Impala that parked alongside the victim outside the Canyon Crest apartments in Newhall around 8 p.m. that night.
Constantino was arrested Sept. 27 at 3:45 p.m.
Kristi Lynn Henderson, 49, was charged with arson and pleaded not guilty during an arraignment on Jan. 3.
She’s due back in court April 16 for another pretrial hearing, when a trial date could be set.
“A felony was committed by Kristi Lynn Henderson, who did willfully, unlawfully, and maliciously set fire to and burn and cause to be burned an inhabited structure and inhabited property,” read the felony complaint by the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.
Henderson, who was charged with arson after a Castaic home on the 31200 block of Quail Valley Road was set ablaze on New Year’s Day around 5:30 p.m., was held to answer charges in January, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Henderson about 30 minutes after the fire was extinguished, according to official records.
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Source: Santa Clarita News