Hearing postponed for man accused of murdering his brother
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Chula Vista, Calif. - A preliminary hearing was postponed Thursday to Nov. 5 for an ex-con accused of using a samurai sword and a barbecue fork to kill his younger brother during a fight at their Chula Vista home.
Alberto Figueroa Jr., 36, is charged with murder in the April 2 death of 24-year-old Mario Figueroa.
The siblings' grandfather found them scuffling in a bedroom at their condominium in the 2000 block of Lakeridge Circle about 7:15 a.m. April 2 and tried in vain to break up the fight, according to Chula Vista police.
The defendant allegedly pushed his grandfather away and told him not to get involved, prompting the man to hurry to a nearby home, where he asked a neighbor to call 911, CVPD Capt. Gary Wedge said.
Officers and paramedics arrived to find the younger sibling wounded on the floor of the bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman who lives in the neighborhood reported seeing the bloodied suspect leaving on his bicycle, and about 45 minutes later, police arrested him near Prospect Street and Sweetwater Road, just west of Interstate 805.
It was unclear what prompted the dispute between the siblings, who had a history of fighting, according to police.
The defendant, who has been to prison twice before, faces 29 years to life behind bars if convicted of murder, according to the criminal complaint.
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