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Arraignment delayed for prof's accused killer

March 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Arraignment has been postponed for a Westlake Village man accused of a weekend party shooting that claimed the life of a longtime professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.Steven Honma is the suspect in the case and he suffered what the L.A. County Sheriff's Department described as head and internal injuries during a fight Saturday night that led to the shooting of a popular professor.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will check Wednesday to see if the suspect is healthy enough to make a court appearance. He is currently being held on bail at $2 million.

The victim in this case is 50-year-old Norm Schureman, a married father of two. He is one of five children. He followed in his father's footsteps, teaching at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Schureman was a teacher there for more than 20 years.

Schureman was shot at a party in a Westlake Village neighborhood Saturday just after 11 p.m.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Schureman and his wife were attending a Persian New Year's celebration. Among the guests was 54-year-old Steven Honma and his wife, who live just a couple doors down from where the party was held.

Detectives say Honma was asked to leave the party because he was drunk. He and his wife left but Honma said something about his wife being insulted.

Detectives say Honma returned to the party armed with a knife and two guns. Investigators say Honma was asked to leave again for acting strangely. A fight broke out and during the struggle detectives allege Honma pulled out a gun and fired one shot. That shot killed Schureman.

At Art Center Monday, a memorial service was held. Schureman's family talked about his brilliance and his love for teaching.

Honma was not able to make the court appearance Tuesday because he is recovering from injuries sustained in a fight. He remains in custody. Bail has been set at $2 million. If convicted on the murder charge, he's looking at life in prison.