Skimming Trial Recessed Until Next Week

Defendant remains hospitalized after taking sleeping medication

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:41 PM CDT
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Another delay in the trial of Aleksandr Goukasian as he spends a second day in the hospital.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

Another delay in the trial of Aleksandr Goukasian as he spends a second day in the hospital.

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The trial of Aleksandr Goukasian, the man accused of skimming thousands of credit cards at North Texas gas stations, is being recessed until next week.

Goukasian overslept Tuesday and missed his court appearance after he told authorities he had taken too many sleeping pills -- an act officials have not indicated was an accident or intentional.

"I can say that I've been doing this for thirteen years ... I have never experienced this situation, and it's unique to everyone I have spoken to," said Lori Burks, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case.

A GPS device on Goukasian's ankle monitor alerted officers that Goukasian was still at home.  Officers arrived, but no one answered the door.  Officials eventually obtained an arrest warrant and entered Goukasian's home to find him incoherent.

Goukasian was admitted to an area hospital for evaluation.

On Wednesday, Judge Wayne Salvant said Goukasian is still struggling with the effects of the medication and is not expected to be released from the hospital until Thursday or Friday.

According to the judge, Goukasian has an irregular heartbeat and is also bleeding into his IV.

Salvant said court will be recessed until Monday.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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