CHULA VISTA (KGTV) - On Friday afternoon, Timothy Cook was arraigned in court. The 52-year-old is facing one charge of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Omar Medina.
Medina’s body was found two months ago in an oil drum in the San Diego Bay. Cook pleaded not guilty. The judge denied bail for Cook.
A prosecutor said Cook has six prior felony convictions, including attempted murder and theft. He recently served 17 years behind bars for the attempted murder conviction. His next court appearance is on Dec. 27.
Cook is one of two men arrested this week in connection with Medina’s murder.
A prosecutor said 38-year-old Derrick Spurgeon is accused of helping with the murder. He pleaded not guilty on Thursday. A judge set his bail at $500,000.
This week, new details emerged in Medina's death. Officials said he was stabbed a total of 66 times.
Medina’s body was found on Oct. 12 after a diver found a white, 55-gallon drum floating in San Diego Bay.
According to police, the drum was anchored with cinder blocks.