Man charged with murder in brother's stabbing death
Video Report By Phil Blauer, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Murder charges were filed Wednesday against a martial artist from Guam accused of fatally stabbing his naval officer brother in the victim's Mission Valley apartment.
Zachary Castro Tenorio, 21, could be sentenced to 26 years to life if convicted in the death of 25-year-old Navy Ensign Jonathan "Jake" Tenorio.
Judge David Szumowski rescheduled the defendant's arraignment to Feb. 5 at the request of defense attorney Thomas Warwick, who said he is in the process of being retained on the case.
Tenorio was ordered held without bail.
Police said the defendant made an emergency call shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday to report the death of his older brother at the rental residence in the 700 block of Camino de la Reina.
Patrol officers and paramedics found Jonathan Tenorio dead in a bloody bedroom, San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert said.
After being questioned by homicide detectives, Zachary Tenorio was arrested. Police did not disclose a suspected motive for the slaying.
Jonathan Tenorio, a native of Guam, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., last 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 Zach 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.