Father accused of killing son tries to joke with judge during extradition hearing

Las Vegas, Nevada (KTLA) -- During an extradition hearing in Las Vegas Tuesday morning, Aramazd Andressian Sr. -- the South Pasadena father suspected of killing his missing 5-year-old son -- laughed and smiled, and even tried to crack a joke with the judge, video from the courtroom showed.

Andressian Sr. waived his right to fight extradition back to California at the hearing, which was held one day after Los Angeles County officials announced a "no-body murder charge" had been filed in the case.

It is unclear when Andressian Sr. will be extradited back to the state, but authorities said Monday an arraignment could take place later this week.

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ALHAMBRA, CA - JULY 3: Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, of South Pasadena, pleads not guilty to murdering his 5-year-old son whose remains were found a few days ago in Santa Barbara County, during an arraignment in the Alhambra Courthouse Monday, July 3, 2017 in Alhambra, California. Andressian is being held on $10-million bail. He will appear back in court August. 16. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr.

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SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Funeral to Be Held for Slain 5-Year-Old Aramazd Andressian Jr. https://t.co/MZG0S8ahlh via @ktla
SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Buffalo Heiman, who lives under San Pascual Avenue bridge at Arroyo Seco Park, said that missing child's mother visited him on Mother's Day looking for her son. She give him a flyer also. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA MAY 18: Buffalo Heiman, who lives under San Pascual Avenue bridge at Arroyo Seco Park, said that missing child's mother visited him on Mother's Day looking for her son. She give him a flyer also. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers investigate a drain area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Roughly 80 sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers are searching Arroyo Park and the surrounding areas looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Roughly 80 sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers are searching Arroyo Park and the surrounding areas looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Roughly 80 sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers are searching Arroyo Park and the surrounding areas looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SOUTH PASADENA, CA - MAY 18:Roughly 80 sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers are searching Arroyo Park and the surrounding areas looking for clues into the disappearance of five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who has been missing since April 22. (Photo by Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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The 35-year-old suspect was arrested last Friday, June 23, on suspicion of murder, about two months after Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing by his mother when her ex-husband failed to show up with their son for a planned custody exchange on April 22.

The child was last seen with his father leaving Disneyland around 1 a.m. April 21; investigators believe Andressian Jr. was killed during a 6 1/2 hour period after the pair left the Anaheim theme park, and before Andressian Sr. showed up at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County -- by himself, according to authorities -- later that morning.

(Aramazd Andressian Jr. via KTLA)

The boy's body has not yet been found.

Investigators believe the killing "was a pre-planned event," and the motive was "tumultuous divorce" proceedings with the boy's mother, according to L.A. County sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.

Authorities said that while investigators searched for the missing child, the suspect was "socializing in Vegas," and not doing any of the things the child's mother was doing, such as posting fliers, Mendoza said.

"He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent," the lieutenant said.

The father also tried to change his appearance, including shaving his beard and coloring his hair. He may have been planning to flee the country to a place where he wouldn't face extradition, Mendoza added.

Andressian Sr. was taken into custody in Las Vegas after being deemed a "flight risk," Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

During Tuesday's hearing, Andressian Sr. denied he intended to flee.

He was being held on $10 million at the Clark County Detention Center as he awaited extradition back to L.A.

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