VIDEO: Justice For Emily Shane

After two days of deliberations, an eight-man, four-woman jury found Sina Khankhanian guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old Malibu girl.

A man was found guilty of murder Thursday in the death of a Malibu eighth grader.

Sina Khankhanian was convicted of second-degree murder and a sentence enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the April 2010 death of Emily Shane on Pacific Coast Highway and Heathercliff Road in Malibu. The jury deliberated for nearly two days following a 13-day trial.

This was the second trial for Khankhanian, who will be sentenced on June 15, when he will face up to 16 years to life in prison. In the first trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

As the verdict was read, a friend or family member of the Khankhanians yelled an expletive and flipped off the courtroom as he was escorted out by deputies. Khankhanian, whose mother burst into tears, sat staring straight ahead and showed no emotion.

The Shane family, who was caught up in traffic, walked into the courtroom as the verdict was read and rushed to their seats, hugging friends afterwards.

Michel Shane and other members of the family said they felt relief.

"After two years of waiting and having to go through this twice with two trials, to finally have it come to an end is almost surreal," Michel Shane said.

His wife, Ellen, added that it does bring justice for Emily and she would have been okay with whatever happened.

"I'm especially happy there was justice served for Emily," Ellen Shane said.

Her daughter, Leigh, agreed and said the family can now move on in the grieving process.

Deputy District Attorney Marna Miller said the trial was difficult.

“I think that definitely justice has been served not only for the family, but for Emily,” Miller said.

Miller, who prosecuted the case with Deputy District Attorney Keri Modder, said that she believes between the defendant and his girlfriend allowed the jury to hear his voice, which contrasted with his demeanor in court. During most of the trial, Khankhanian sat staring straight ahead and only smiled occasionally at family members, who sat behind him.

“I think the jury saw the truth,” Miller said, who also believes that a strong rebuttal argument by Modder helped the jury see the evidence clearly.

Defense attorney Bradley Brunon said that he was disappointed in the verdict.

"I think its puts a tragedy on top of a tragedy. It just compounds it," Brunon said, adding that he will file an appeal.

Khankhanian, who had left a suicide note at his home, is accused of striking Emily with his sports car as he swerved off Pacific Coast Highway and struck a pole. Emily died at the scene.

Brunon has asserted that Khankhanian, who was diagnosed with autism, could not appreciate that his actions created a risk of death for himself and others.

Burnon maintained throughout the trial that his client did not commit murder, and has said previously that a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter is more appropriate to the case.

hellwood May 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM
yes, justice. in some countries, they just chop your head off right there on the spot
James May 19, 2012 at 12:59 AM
M Stanley. How is it that you can compare the deep pockets of Malibu to the hard working Khankhanians from Winnetka who have spent their life savings and the life savings of other friends and family doing everything they could to battle an obviously one sided, well funded and heavily politically influenced DA office that is supposed to seek truth and NOT conviction? And by the way, they weren't trying to absolve Sina of ANY charges, just not murder. Most people are angry that Sina did not take the "deal" they offered but it was merely for a year or two less than he faces now and the DA would NOT settle for anything BUT murder, however he DID NOT AIM AT EMILY. HE LOST CONTROL by driving like an angry dumba***.
James May 19, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Why start celebrating Emily's life now? Why not start sooner by living up to the principles you all say she did and could have started with the opportunity to understand that Sina made a HUGE mistake by driving angry but DID NOT INTENTIONALLY HURT HER OR ANYONE? I do believe, though, that he deserves punishment for putting so many lives in danger and for killing Emily, but MURDER I don't agree with at all.....
James May 19, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Ma, The old saying goes "hope in one hand...... in the other and see which one fills up first". A lot of us know and have the courage to admit that if Sina had been from a wealthy Malibu family that this would have been swept under the rug and he would have most likely got off with probation, or at least the manslaughter charge that he was seeking.
James May 19, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Debbie, It is VERY inappropriate, as well as rude to the Shane family, to say that the jury was bribed, and also next to impossible to actually happen. But the DA office being politically influenced to push as hard as they have, now THAT'S a whole other story. And it's obvious from the way they REFUSED to bargain with Sina for anything less than murder. I applaud you for being brave enough to speak your mind and speaking up for Sina, but there is no reason good enough to sink to their level of intolerance and hatred.
James May 19, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Leigh, Let me first tell you that you and your family and friends have been in my prayers. As well as Sina's prayers. I know you haven't seen any "showing" of emotion or remorse from Sina for what he did to your sister, but please understand that he really does feel bad and hurts for it. I can say this because I lived with him for 6 months, 24 hours a day in 2010/2011 and we talked about this many times. I've seen him cry over it and pray for forgiveness; and for someone with Autism that is a really big deal. They usually appear to have no emotion and only come from a logical point of view. I am in NO WAY using this as a defense for what he did, because I, his family, and himself believe that he deserves a punishment for his mistake, but only to let you and your family know that he IS remorseful, but lacks the "normal" ability to show it and to hopefully help you get some closure. One thing I hope for is that, along with all the good awareness that has come from your family's efforts, that you don't get turned off to the real misunderstanding about autism because of this and maybe learn about it a little and how it affects SO many people. Why can't awareness for it be included along side everything else? Wouldn't that fit in with doing good for others? Once again I pray for everyone affected by this, but especially for you.
James May 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
hellwood, I KNEW you could't resist!!! I'm just surprised it took you soooooooo long to thow in your good ol' two cents worth.......
James May 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
as are so many other people here..............
Diane May 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Debbie's comments are bizarre and misdirected. The Malibu Patch is a community platform and clearly Debbie is not from Malibu. Our community has rallied around this tragedy to help themselves heal and move forward. Debbie's comments are ridiculous and pointless. Move on down the road Debbi, perhaps spend your time trying to be of service instead.
James May 19, 2012 at 02:09 AM
What faults our judicial system is how easily our DA's office is influenced by political pressure and the desire to enhance their careers instead of seeking the truth as they are supposed to............. And they also get as many "do-overs" as they can think up..
James May 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Yes because clearly EVERYBODY from Malibu must agree with you..... The one's who have rallied against Sina were the exact influence I speak of........ If you want to try being of service how about raising some awareness for Autism at the same time? Now THAT would show some REAL doing good for someone and paying it forward....
James May 19, 2012 at 02:55 AM
here you go.......... Accident From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia An accident or mishap is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome which may have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Murder From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter).
nancy e May 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Emily will be forever in my heart, reminding me to enjoy every second I'm alive, and to always be kind to my fellow humans. It's HER I'm thinking of...a beautiful angel dancing in heaven... she should be HERE...
Debbie Leonhard May 19, 2012 at 07:17 AM
So relieved to hear that justice prevailed. I am so sorry for your loss - my thoughts and prayers are with you. Emily was a sweet girl and taken away too young. Know that she is looking down on you and is so proud of you, her family, for never giving up - for standing up for what is right. May this verdict bring peace to your family and let you move forward. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers.
Diane May 19, 2012 at 09:34 AM
James, your comments are just as pointless. Move on down the road...and take dear Debbie with you.....
Ted Vaill May 19, 2012 at 02:12 PM
As a former prosecutor, and one who has prosecuted a capital case (a race murder), I can say that the conviction of Emily Shane's murderer was a just result. He left a suicide note before he got in his car and drove to Malibu, collecting six or more 911 calls about his erratic driving. He was looking for "suicide by car". Unfortunately he decided to take another human being's life rather than his own...
Buster May 19, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Debbie - The only travesty here is that this remorseless killer will spend only 16 years in a cage instead of facing the same penalty he dealt Emily. It was no car accident, rather the act of an inept coward who murdered her instead. Bring Emily back and we'll set him free - that's fair. See you at the parole hearing.
Buster May 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM
What us justice Debbie? Emily is dead. Her killer is responsible for stealing her from all of us and destroying many lives. It is obvious he doesn't give a single solitary damn about Emily or anyone else (not even himself). Call it what you want but the definition is: "being held accountable for your actions by a jury of your peers" The jury has spoken. We have spoken. And to show you how fair this system is - you have spoken as freely as everyone else. Except Emily.
Buster May 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The Devil is not in the remark or the souls of those who have suffered this, rather in the irony of it - Its too bad he's not dead because then Emily would still be with us and he would have gotten what he wanted.
Buster May 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Emily lives. You have all illustrated that very nicely. Thank you. And to the Shane family, what's to say other than as we move through this oft incomprehensible life, Everyone stays all the way through (and then somE). <3
Debbie May 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The Jury found him guilty ONLY due to emotions, not logic. He is guilty of vehicular man slaughter not murder.
Debbie May 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Sina is not my friend, I have never met the guy. I am a law student. I am seeing this not from my eyes only but from the eyes of the law. What a hypocrite!
hellwood May 25, 2012 at 08:05 PM
too afraid to die alone
James May 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
And there's the ignoramus point of view we've all been waiting to hear...........
M Stanley May 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Oh James, you can't possibly continue to schill for this guy and continue your verbal assault on Malibu residents. I note that your posts include an original statement that I derive you were a CELLMATE of Sina's so I would appreciate you clearing up how you feel of that old phrase "Everyone finds God behind the bars of incarceration". Why should anyone listen to you with your repeated insults of people, I'll just bring up how you attempted to deride an earlier comment posted by me and used such emotional drama as to paint Malibu as being populated by "deep pockets" yet you paint a flowery and sympathetic mental image of the parents as being "hard working". See the pattern? You have only one intent, to try to absolve this criminal of his charges and to attempt to silence the residents who recognized the early efforts of the defense to avoid responsibility of Sina for his actions. He had threw away all the social lessons he had fought to gain and he disregarded society in total. I actually wish that the vehicles that had to take corrective action to avoid being his first victims had not done so in order that Sina had found his answer much earlier in the form of twisted metal than having him drive that vehicle into the flesh of Emily. He forced other drivers to make corrective actions, that should have gotten through even his autistic threads but he kept going - I call that intent.
hellwood May 25, 2012 at 09:11 PM
nobody will ever know what went through his head when he made that split second decision to swerve into emily, but his statements according to the fireman at the scene were compelling enough to show some sort of conscious premeditated decision
hellwood May 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
James May 26, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Oh Stanley, there is no verbal assault on the residents of Malibu per say, only those who choose to attack the Khankhanians or anybody who act like they know SO much about Sina when they don't know anything more than what they've been told. And if you're referring to my statement to hellwood about the ignoramus point of view, then just like him, you choose to make comments about situations while choosing to stay ignorant about the very subject you comment about. An example of this would be how YOU are the one who said Sina's parents had the deep pockets because of the expensive lawyer and I replied by asking you how you could compare the almost unlimited supply of political influence of Malibu with a hard working family from Winnetka who has gone completely broke, by the way a HUGE chunk of that money went to the Shanes many LONG months before the first criminal trial (where they didn't argue that Sina was responsible for Emily's death and gave without question to the amount decided by the judge). Something people seem to forget to mention when they are belittling the Khankhanians for doing what ANY caring family would do for a loved one........
James May 26, 2012 at 07:19 AM
NOBODY is trying to absolve Sina for killing Emily only to fight against the political pressure to convince the world that he purposely aimed at her, something that this truly gentle and kind human being would NEVER do. Obviously some of the people on here like to preach but can't practice the kindness of Emily and can't handle it that not everyone agrees with their one sided point of view, which in my eyes makes them just as bad, if not worse than how they have tried to paint Sina out to be. And as far as your comment about me being his CELLMATE, Oh no!!! I must be such a horrible person for you to put that in all caps... Another ignoramus point of view, commenting on a something you have ZERO knowledge about... Your trash talking about him being a criminal is another ignorant statement. One mistake does not a criminal make. But a DA's office under pressure by the one percent sure does get their way........... "Everyone finds God behind the bars of incarceration": Another subject you obviously know nothing about because not everybody turns to God inside, even though it may be that many do because He is more present there where people need Him more. So please keep spreading your hateful ignorance while hiding behind the death of a wonderful human being who actually knew how to treat people and show the true meaning of love. I'm sure there's plenty of folks here that will give you the ego boost you need.....
nancy e May 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
He IS a convicted criminal, a child killer!


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