Man Accused of Murdering Brother Pleads Not Guilty

Zachary Tenorio, 21, is charged with murder

By Rory Devine and Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:40 PM PDT
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Arrest in Jonathan Jake Tenorio's Death

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Zachary Tenorio appears in court on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Zachary Tenorio Appears in Court

Zachary Tenorio, 21, appeared in a downtown courtroom in San Diego for a scheduled arraignment in connection with the stabbing death of his brother, Jonathan Jake Tenorio.

Arrest in Jonathan Jake Tenorio's Death

After Jonathan Jake Tenorio, of Guam, (L) was found dead in San Diego, investigators announced an arrest in the case - the victim s brother Zachary Tenorio (R). NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe reports.
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A man accused of fatally stabbing his Naval officer brother plead not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Zachary Tenorio, 21, was arrested in connection with the death of his brother Jonathan, who was found dead inside his home in the River Front condos in Mission Valley on Jan. 27.

Jonathan "Jake" Tenorio, 25, was from Guam and served as a U.S. Navy officer. Zachary was arrested two days after police found his brother fatally injured by a stab wound.

The district attorney's office claimed Zachary stabbed Jonathan with a six-inch kitchen knife during an “alcohol-fueled rage.” Zachary then left the scene and did not immediately call for help, said prosecutors. Police discovered Jonathan’s body the next day after Zachary made a 911 call.

Zachary has no prior record and was finishing his last year of college before the incident, lawyers said on Friday. He has been charged with murder with a knife.

Prosecutors called Zachary “dangerous” and requested a $3 million bail. The judge set Zachary’s bail at $1.5 million and he will reappear in court later this month.

Jonathan's body is being shipped back to Guam for the funeral on Friday, according to Pacific News Center. He will be buried with full military honors.

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