EL CAJON (CNS) - A 32-year-old man accused of stabbing another man to death at a home in Spring Valley last week pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges.
Hector Ivan Hernandez-Romero was ordered held in lieu of $2.5 million bail.
Romero allegedly went unannounced to a Spring Valley residence in the 700 block of Sacramento Avenue about 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and argued with the victim, 30-year-old Roque Varela, before stabbing him with a knife.
Sheriff's homicide Lt. Dennis Brugos said Varela was visiting someone at the Sacramento Avenue address at the time.
The victim died in a hospital about a half-hour after the stabbing, according to Brugos.
About 5:50 a.m. the next day, Romero was arrested at a residence in the 3200 block of Central Avenue in Spring Valley.
Romero faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a knife, said Deputy District Attorney Heather Trocha.
The defendant will be back in court April 1 for a readiness conference and April 4 for a preliminary hearing.
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