VISTA (CNS) - A gang member who allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Escondido townhome and fatally stabbed her new boyfriend pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.
Christopher James Selena, 41, was ordered held on $5 million bail in the death of 23-year-old Fernando Arellano.
Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor told Judge Sim von Kalinowski that Selena and his ex-girlfriend had dated on-and-off for the past five years and had two children together. The prosecutor said the defendant had a history of domestic violence against the woman.
Selena pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence in January and was sentenced to jail, the prosecutor said. Selena was released in early April and, on Saturday, broke into his ex-girlfriend's home sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. in violation of a restraining order, the prosecutor alleged.
The ex-girlfriend ran to a friend's house after waking up to find Selena standing near the bloody, unconscious victim, according to Villaflor. Arellano died at the scene.
Selena fled but was captured at his workplace the next day, according to the prosecutor.
If convicted, Selena faces 25 years to life in state prison.
A readiness conference was set for May 17 and a preliminary hearing for May 22.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
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Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
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Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.