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Castaic resident accused of murder

Crime: Man charged with strangling stepfather on I-5 expected in court this month

Posted: March 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

A Castaic man has been charged with murder after he allegedly strangled his stepfather while the two were traveling on Interstate 5 on Jan. 14, according to a criminal complaint The Signal obtained Monday.

Harris Evans, 23, of Rocca Drive, is charged with murder and attempted murder in the death of Robert Gallion, 39, of Burbank, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office complaint.

Evans is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court later this month for a preliminary hearing, when a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

About 6 p.m. Jan. 14, Gallion was driving northbound on Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard when Evans allegedly grabbed him by the neck, choking him, according to past reports.

Gallion drove the car off the freeway, crashing it.

Evans got out of the car and walked away but was arrested by deputies about two hours later, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking log.

Gallion, meanwhile, regained consciousness after paramedics performed CPR and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Monday.

But on Jan. 25, 11 days after he was assaulted, Gallion died in the hospital.

A medical examination revealed a brain hemorrhage, Winter said.

“The cause of death is manual strangulation,” Winter said. “He was transported to the hospital and suffered a loss of oxygen to the brain and succumbed to his injuries.”

A phone message left Monday with a homicide detective investigating the case was not returned.

According to arrest records, Evans is being held at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on $1 million bail.

Gallion’s death is the first reported criminal homicide in the Santa Clarita Valley for 2011, according to data released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department last week.

There were three reported murders in the SCV last year.

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