Weapon in Albatros Slayings Was Pocket Knife

New detail is released by district attorney after accused killer Justin Tombleson's pretrial hearing is delayed till July.

The weapon used to kill and outside a Lake Forest restaurant earlier this month was a pocket knife, authorities disclosed Tuesday.

The new detail came from the district attorney's office after accused killer Justin Alvin Maseo Tombleson appeared in court Monday in Santa Ana.

The 28-year-old Lake Forest man had been scheduled for a pretrial hearing, but it was postponed to July 15.

District attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami declined to say whether authorities had the knife in their possession. Immediately after the slayings, sheriff's investigators theorized the weapon was "a large knife."

Tombleson has been held in the Men's Central Jail since surrendering to authorities June 13, two days after he allegedly murdered Kechechian and Saidian during an altercation at the 24-hour Albatros Mexican restaurant.

Through his attorney, George Vincent Vargas, Tombleson claimed during the 2 a.m. brawl.

while .  Kechechian was stabbed in the heart, and Saidian in the chest and arm, according to authorities.

Tombleson has pleaded not guilty to killing the Mission Viejo men, who had been celebrating Saidian's birthday earlier that evening.

Tombleson also faces sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, causing great bodily injury, and a 2005 strike conviction for assault causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces up to 70 years to life in state prison.

According to witnesses, the dispute began inside the restaurant after Tombleson's girlfriend , leading to an argument with Kechechian, Saidian, Kechechian's brother and their friend.  At one point, the girlfriend allegedly hit Kechechian's brother, who responded by spitting on her, authorities said. The dispute escalated, and the woman called her boyfriend, Tombleson.

Owners of the restaurant asked the parties to leave, and it was in the parking lot that the fatal confrontation occurred near the victims' car.

SolarGreen July 01, 2011 at 02:58 PM
"OUT OF TROUBLE since 2005". Are you saying Justin is OK because he has not beat or attempted killed anyone since 2005. Ummmm, have you noticed what he is accused of. 7 years is a short time to claim you've been reformed. Let's see him stay out of trouble for 30 years. Oopps.. To late for that
SolarGreen July 01, 2011 at 03:05 PM
"we will all sit back and read this slander laughing". WOW, Even if I were innocent I would never look at it in that way. If I killed those men in self defense my inability to handle the situation with deadly violence would haunt me for life, I don't think I would ever laugh over it. It's interesting to know how you are anticipating sitting back and laughing over this together with Justin. Let me know how that works out for you.
J Supports July 01, 2011 at 04:51 PM
By sit back and laugh, I meant at the bs in these comments sections. Not at the situation. Of course Justin will always be haunted by this. Not for murdering, but having to use lethal force in self defense. Justin probably has no idea of what is being said about him on this and other sites, so I meant once he is acquitted and comes home, the bs that is reported in these comments sections will be amusing. Honestly, only Aris and Justin really know the exact altercation and one is keeping his mouth shut until trial while the other has continually SPIT lies since the beginning. But, hey spitting is what he is good at.
J Supports July 01, 2011 at 04:51 PM
You'd hope so, but he is hiding behind a very heavy curtain of lies and denial
MB July 02, 2011 at 01:36 AM
J Supports and JW - Both of you need to shut your mouth up and let it be for a while. Give it a rest til the pretrial hearing. Your aren't accomplishing anything. You are really making fools of yourselves.


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