SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A couple charged in the brutal torture of a marijuana dispensary owner who was dumped in the desert and left for dead are scheduled to make their first appearance in an Orange County courtroom on Tuesday.
Ryan Kevorkian and his wife, Naomi Kevorkian, were arrested late last week and charged with kidnapping, torture and other counts stemming from the October 2012 incident. If convicted, they each face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Authorities say the Kevorkians and two other men, who also face charges, mistakenly believed the victim had buried piles of cash in the desert. Ryan Kevorkian and two others allegedly kidnapped the victim, burned him with a blowtorch and cut off his penis.
The victim survived his injuries.