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Castaic man faces murder charge in father’s death

Posted: March 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

A Castaic man accused of strangling his father earlier this year will stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Tuesday.

San Fernando Superior Court Judge Dalila Lyons ruled at a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence against Harris Evans, 23, to proceed with a trial, a court official said.

Evans, of Rocca Drive, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the death of his stepfather Robert Gallion.

A message left with Evans’ public defender was not returned Tuesday. Evans pleaded not guilty to the charges at a Jan. 19 hearing.

If convicted, Evans faces up to life in state prison, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Gallion, 39, of Burbank, was the first reported murder victim in the Santa Clarita Valley this year.

At about 6 p.m. Jan. 14, Gallion was driving northbound on Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard when Evans, who was in the same car, 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. He was arrested by deputies about two hours later.

Gallion died in the hospital Jan. 25 from complications related to the attack.

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

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