Cracker Heiress, Boyfriend And An Aspiring Pop Star Arrested For Involvement In Murder
Police have arrested the heiress of a cracker company, her boyfriend and an aspiring pop star in connection with the murder of a 31-year-old man in Glendale.
John Michael King-Smith, 31, was beaten and strangled to death in a condo in the 200 block of West Windsor Road on Thursday, according to the Glendale News-Press. Police were called to the scene around 2 a.m., where they found King-Smith in "medical distress," according to Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale Police Department spokeswoman. King-Smith was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The condo belongs to Sparkle Soojian, 32, who claims to be the heiress to an Armenian cracker bread company. Police have arrested Soojian and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jared Kasiewicz, on suspicion of murder. Police also arrested 25-year-old aspiring pop singer Courtney Argue on suspicion of accessory to murder. Argue and Kasiewicz have pleaded not guilty, while Soojian's arraignment is set for Tuesday. If convicted, Kasiewicz and Soojian could face 25 years to life, while Argue would face up to three years in prison. Police say that King-Smith knew Soojian, and that they believe he was targeted.
According to Argue's lawyer, she only went to Soojian's home after an upset Soojian called her and asked to come over. When Argue arrived, her attorney said that a fight had already begun and it was Argue who called the police, as well as recorded some of the fight on video. He maintains Argue's innocence.
Soojian is also the owner of Sparkle's Angels, and Argue was one of her employees. According to the company's website, Sparkle's Angels provides "stunning and sophisticated ladies for night clubs and special event parties to serve shots in Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, and Detroit."
According to Soojian's bio on the site, she is the heiress of Ak Mak, a brand of Armenian cracker bread invented by her great-grandparents, which you can get at Trader Joe's stores. Soojian also said that she appeared in several MTV and Nickelodeon shows, "created a lot of controversy" while editing the school newspaper of a private Christian university, then moved to L.A. after earning a B.A. in English and Philosophy with a minor in theater. Her bio states she worked as a journalist and a personal trainer at LA Fitness before launching Sparkle's Angels.
Soojian is also facing domestic violence charges from an earlier incident where she allegedly attacked Kasiewicz with a shard of glass.
Argue can be seen in numerous music videos, like the one below: