Update: Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Beverly Hills Slaying

The criminal complaint alleges that James Grzeslo used a knife to kill his girlfriend, Cathy Carrasco-Zanini.

Updated 6 p.m., Oct. 28: 

James Grzeslo, 54, pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Beverly Hills Superior Court in connection with the slaying of 58-year-old Cathy Carrasco-Zanini. Grzeslo’s bail remains $1 million. A date for a preliminary hearing is expected to be set on Dec. 1.


A 54-year-old man was charged with one count of murder Friday for allegedly killing his girlfriend with a knife at her Beverly Hills apartment. 

James Duane Grzeslo of Los Angeles is scheduled to be arraigned at the  on Friday afternoon in connection with the slaying of Cathy Carrasco-Zanini, 58. 

Beverly Hills police discovered the body of Carrasco-Zanini in a home on the 100 block of North Hamilton Drive at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was found by officers who were at the residence.

A preliminary investigation by police revealed that Carrasco-Zanini likely knew the suspect. Grzeslo was soon detained at a nearby office building. The criminal complaint alleges that he personally used a knife in the commission of the crime.

Grzeslo’s bail has been . He was booked Wednesday into the Beverly Hills Jail and faces life in prison if convicted of the crime. No other suspects are being sought.

"The public is safe at this time," Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told Patch. "We do have the suspect we believe committed the crime in custody."

This is the first reported slaying in Beverly Hills since the  of publicist  on Nov. 16, 2010. 

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William Brenner October 29, 2011 at 12:17 AM
good solid police work. thank g-d this monster is off the streets pending trial.
Brian Bowen October 29, 2011 at 04:00 AM
Yes it is good, he needs to be gone for good. if you only knew more of the story and his past...It was unfortunate this poor women got in his path...
Shelley Marks Kramer October 29, 2011 at 10:53 PM
So sorry to hear of Cathy's slaying, It is shocking. I knew Cathy as a dancer friend Back at Denim and diamonds in Santa monica in 1994. She was a very nice person and a good dancer. The person who did this to her should die and be in hell.
SR July 08, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Cathy was my first cousin on my father's side. Thank God her wonderful mother, my Aunt Phyllis, had already passed long before this unforgivable act of a despicable man took the life of a fine woman, mother and sister.


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