SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two men accused in the slaying of a City Heights man during a fracas in a Chollas Creek-area neighborhood several months ago pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday and were ordered held without bail.
Francisco Jose Arellano, 32, of Chula Vista and Michael Vincent Reyes, 29, of El Cajon were already in custody for alleged parole violations when they were re-booked Monday on suspicion of murdering 34-year-old Michael Hallman, according to SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert. Arraignment took place Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court.
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, patrol officers responding to a report of an assault in the 5000 block of Sterling Court found Hallman in front of a home in the area, suffering from several stab wounds. Medics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, Herbert said.
The lieutenant declined to disclose what led detectives to identify Arellano and Reyes as the alleged killers. Herbert also would not comment on a suspected motive, though he said the victim and suspects apparently got into a fight during a social gathering of some kind.
The defendants will be back in court Dec. 28 for a readiness conference and Jan. 2 for a preliminary hearing.
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Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of gunning down his ex-wife in their Lakeside home and then trying to commit suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.
A San Diego State student awoke to find a man rummaging through her apartment near campus early Wednesday, police said.
Three months after proposing a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in San Diego, City Council President Todd Gloria is scheduled Wednesday to release details of the plan, including an amount.
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