Bail reduction denied for Markarian

A pre-trial hearing and bail-review hearing for Mammoth Lakes resident Amelia Markarian was held Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Mono County Superior Court in Bridgeport.

Markarian was charged by the Mono County District Attorney’s office with second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving while under the influence of alcohol and with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more and causing great bodily injury in a traffic collision that killed Coleville resident Christopher Harper on Sept. 7.

Mono County District Attorney Tim Kendall said Markarian’s defense attorney asked the court to reduce her bail. The Mono County DA’s office argued against it and the court kept bail set at $2 million.

The court set another pre-trial hearing for Dec. 4 before setting the matter for a preliminary hearing. She remains in custody.

During the early evening of September 7th, Markarian, age 65, was driving northbound on Highway 395, just south of Highway 89 in Mono County.

Officials reported that due to her intoxication she failed to negotiate a right-hand turn and crossed over the solid yellow line dividing the roadway. She collided head-on into Harper’s vehicle, killing him instantly.

The Mono DA reported further investigation revealed that Ms. Markarian had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Markarian was arraigned on September 12th in the Bridgeport courthouse, and plead not guilty.



11 Responses to Bail reduction denied for Markarian

  1. Low-Inyo October 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    Andy….What would be said if she happened to bail out and she were to drink and drive again,have another accident with maybe the same kind of consequences ?….think maybe the Judge’s decision to keep the high bail was thinking that way….more like a “danger to the public ” thing….and maybe because of a history of previous incidents and problems relating to alcohol..maybe for the public’s safety,as well as her own.

  2. Andy October 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Some of you are unfamiliar with rights in this country. The right to bail is does not get anyone off. It does allow them to tend to their defense while awaiting trial. She’s a 65yr old woman with no criminal record – not a drug lord or anything. The defense agreed to any restrictions the court would impose.The bail is unusually high and not reducing it to a more suitable figure is a red flag which shows the court already is lacking any objectivity.

  3. Low-Inyo October 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Gibs…she SHOULD pay for her mistake….and of course,wasn’t intentional….but her choice was to drink,get drunk and drive..and kill an innocent person doing it.Having happened to me and my family log ago,losing a loved one to a drunk driver,sometimes very hard to forgive..and hard to feel very sorry for those that face and feel the consequences for their mistake THEY had control over before doing.

  4. Gibs October 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Forgiveness. It’s hard for me to imagine anything so horrible happening up there in the Eastern Sierra. I feel for both families. But she will pay for her mistake, but it clearly wasn’t intentional.

    • Rick O'Brien October 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

      Forgiveness hasn’t even began to enter the equation yet .Feeling sorry for HER family is a mistake. They can visit her in prison , they can still interact with her, she can still visit with her grandchildren (if she has any),and eventually , she will be released to continue her life. And what do the family of Christopher Harper get ? They get to go to a graveyard & talk to a piece of granite.

      • Andy October 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

        Feeling sorry for her family is a mistake, why? You’re not a sensible person. Her family is probably devastated for all parties involved. They’ve suffered a loss as well. You assume she will be released to continue her life. Let me ask you, what life? Surely she will suffer as long as she lives. Wouldn’t you?

        • Rick O'Brien October 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

          “What life” asks Andy ? Life, among the living, eating,breathing, interacting with other LIVING people , a choice that Chris Harper and his family doesn’t get to make. “Surely , she will suffer the rest of her life”. I hope she does, and she should, but that’s of little consequence to the victim. Ask yourself one question to put this in perspective…
          What if Christopher Harper was YOUR Dad ?

          • Low-Inyo October 31, 2017 at 8:53 am #

            …100 % agree with Mr.Rick on this one…losing a loved one to a drunk driver ,something you never get over.

          • Andy October 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

            If he were my dad, Rick, I’d definitely feel sorry for the other family. My point was to challenge your assessment that feeling sorry for her family is a mistake. Her family is just as innocent.

  5. Rick O'Brien October 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

    This isn’t a case where “maybe” she did it, maybe she didn’t . She was behind the wheel and a man is dead because of her negligence. If alcohol was a factor , she’s in deep, deep sh#*.
    The last thing that should be on her mind is putting her family in hawk for bail money because of her world class screw-up .

  6. Low-Inyo October 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    Glad to see the bail was denied….one less possible and future probable drunk driver…again… on the highways we’ll have to worry about avoiding,at least for a while….


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