Murder Trial Hearing Focuses On Life Policy
|By Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Costa claimed she called Maskovian the next morning to inform him the couple's life insurance policies were fine.
Then at about
But as West's death was being investigated, prosecutors have alleged detectives uncovered a complicated murder plot to collect West's life insurance money.
According to prosecutors, Hovanes Maskovian, his brother
The men, who have remained in police custody since their arrests last year, have been charged with one count each of murder.
Prosecutors alleged they also committed the murder for financial gain, were lying in wait and killed West during a kidnapping attempt.
Coroner investigators said that West was beaten, shot, run over and left for dead.
Costa was the first witness to testify during the men's preliminary hearing, which will continue Monday.
Still, Hachik Maskovian's attorney
She alleged the couple had obtained separate life insurance policies. West's policy, she said, was never paid out.
West took out a
Hovanes Maskovian also reportedly obtained a life insurance policy for
Over the years, Costa said she had numerous conversations with Hovanes Maskovian regarding auto and life insurance matters.
She described him as "aggressive" and "pretty demanding if there is something that he wants."
West's family members have said that he and Hovanes Maskovian dated for seven years, but they had broken up.
His family said the pair continued to live together in
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