Man charged, pleads not guilty in stabbing death of Navy Ensign brother
Bail set at $1.5M for Zachary Tenorio
Last Updated: 302 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A 21-year-old jiu-jitsu enthusiast from Guam accused of fatally stabbing his Navy Ensign brother during a drunken fight in the victim's Mission Valley apartment pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of murder and the use of a knife.
Zachary Jay Castro Tenorio was ordered held on $1.5 million bail in the death of 25-year-old Navy Ensign Jonathan "Jake" Tenorio. The defendant faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said.
Lai said the defendant plunged a 6-inch kitchen knife into the chest of his older brother during the alcohol-fueled struggle on Jan. 27 but did not call for help immediately. Police and paramedics found Jonathan Tenorio dead in a bloody bedroom sometime after 6:30 a.m.
"It's incredibly tragic from all points of view," the prosecutor said outside court.
Zachary Tenorio was arrested after being questioned by homicide detectives. Lai did not disclose a 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.
The brothers' father, Joe Tenorio, told Pacific News Center in Guam that Zachary Tenorio had traveled to San Diego to compete in a weekend jiu-jitsu tournament.
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.
A readiness conference is set for March 12 and a preliminary hearing for April 11.
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