EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of fatally stabbing his mother's boyfriend during a fight at the victim's East County home pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Thomas D. Guss III, 24, was ordered held on $2 million bail in the death of 40-year-old Irvin Harris Jr.
Deputies responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 8600 block of Taylor Street in Spring Valley found Harris badly wounded shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials.
Paramedics took Harris to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where he died a short time later, said police homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.
Guss fled before deputies arrived but was arrested near the scene of the slaying Wednesday morning.
Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told Judge Charles Ervin that Guss told authorities he remembered most of what happened that night, except the point when Harris was stabbed.
Bright said the victim suffered two stab wounds, one in the heart and one in the liver.
The reason for the dispute between the two men remains unclear.
Guss faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted. He will be back in court next Friday for a readiness conference and May 2 for a preliminary hearing.