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Armenian man charged with killing four

Photo: Alberd Tersagyan, Source: KTLA, acquired November 2009Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Alberd Tersargyan, 60, with the shooting deaths of a woman, her husband and the couple's 8-year-old daughter, as well as the fatal, sniper-styled attack on a prostitute on Sunset Boulevard earlier this year.


The murder charges -- the most recent three filed Tuesday, Aug. 3 -- bring together two seemingly separate investigations that had confounded police for months, adding more drama to a case that has shaken Los Angeles' Little Armenia neighborhood.


Tersargyan, who came to the U.S. nearly a decade ago, once served in the Armenian army and fancied himself "a professional killer," said detectives, who marveled at the deception and plotting they say he used in carrying out the slayings.


"Talk about betrayal. What he put in motion — it was a pretty incredible plan," said Los Angeles Police Det. Danny Myers, an investigator in the case.


-- Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein


Read more about the case: Man awaiting trial in Little Armenia slaying is now also charged with killing the victim's husband and young daughter


Pictured from left to right: Lusine Safaryn, Khachik Safaryan, Karine Hakobyan, Julie Kates
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Karine Hakobyan, 38
Julie Kates, 46
Khachik Safaryan, 43
Lusine Safaryan, 8