The trial of a past PCC student, George Wood Pigman IV, charged with the 2005 slaying of his alleged girlfriend Eimi Yamada, has been postponed and will likely be moved.Beginning Sept. 10, the people will have 45 days to find a court to accommodate your case, said Judge Teri Schwartz. Asked by Schwartz if he understood this motion and if he agreed to it Pigman, 26, said, “Yes ma’am.”
“We anticipate the trial to begin in October,” said Public Defender Jose Colon, who is representing Pigman, who faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
In May 2005, Yamada, a Japanese citizen, was found by dead Joseph Sheehy, Temple City Sheriff’s homicide detective, who responded to a disturbance call in the 8500 block of Palma Vista Street in San Gabriel.
The officers found Yamada undressed and covered in blood, with multiple stab wounds and injuries sustained from a blunt object. Barbecue tongs were found near her body.
Pigman, who’s father is an English professor at Caltech and mother a former art professor at PCC, was found by authorities naked and making loud noises while pacing back and forth on a rooftop near Yamada’s apartment. Casillas testified in 2005 that Pigman had blood on his hands and genitals when he was found near Yamada’s apartment.
A trail of blood led directly from Pigman to Yamada’s apartment, where his driver’s license and PCC student ID card were found along with other evidence.
“Whoever committed this crime obviously wasn’t “all there,” Colon said, referring to past evidence.
High school friend Daniel Faubert told the Pasadena Star News that Pigman “liked to do stuff that was.risky.” Another friend, Ryan Barker said Pigman “was heavily involved with hallucinogenic mushrooms.”
Pigman studied English and Journalism at PCC from 2001 to 2004 while Yamada took night courses at PCC and English classes at nearby Poly Languages Institute.
Pigman was expelled in spring 2004 for missing an alcohol-related disciplinary hearing. He was also convicted of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and theft of property, according to court documents.
Pigman entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on Oct. 2, 2006.
The Courier quoted Deputy District Attorney Michael Villalobos in May 2005 about Pigman’s case.
“This is a straightforward case as to who did it. I think his state of mind at the time is what the defense is going after,” said Villalobos.
“He is facing 25 years to life [in prison], so they have nothing to lose by taking this to trial. Maybe a jury will show sympathy for him.