Man accused of killing brother in Mission Valley apartment pleads not guilty

Victim Jonathan Tenorio was Naval Academy grad

SAN DIEGO - Murder charges were filed Wednesday against a martial artist from Guam accused of fatally stabbing his Navy officer brother in the victim's Mission Valley apartment.

Zachary Castro Tenorio faces 26 years to life if convicted in the death of 25-year-old Navy Ensign Jonathan "Jake" Tenorio.
 
Judge David Szumowski rescheduled the defendant's arraignment to Feb. 5 at the request of defense attorney Thomas Warwick, who said he is in the process of being retained on the case.
 
Zachary Tenorio, 21, was ordered held without bail.
 
Joe Tenorio, father of the victim and defendant, and other friends and family members were in the courtroom Wednesday for Zachary Tenorio's arraignment.
 
Police said the defendant made an emergency call shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday to report the death of his older brother at the rental residence in the 700 block of Camino de la Reina.
 
Patrol officers and paramedics found Jonathan Tenorio dead in a bloody bedroom, San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert said.
 
After being questioned by homicide detectives, Zachary Tenorio was arrested. Police did not disclose a suspected motive for the slaying. 
 
Jonathan Tenorio, a native of Guam, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in May and was assigned to the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, Navy public affairs Lt. Rick Chernitzer said.
 
According to Pacific News Center, an ABC affiliate in Guam, Zachary Tenorio was in San Diego for a jiu-jitsu tournament and scheduled to return to Guam earlier this week.
 
Last summer, the older brother married Christine Santos, an assistant attorney general in Guam and stepdaughter of Frank Blas Jr., a former senator in the U.S. island territory, the father told PNC.
 
Joe Tenorio declined to speak to 10News about his family's loss.
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