Surveillance camera image of suspect
Surveillance camera image of the suspect in the Pacific Beach fatal stabbing. Photo via SDPD

A man accused of fatally stabbing another man during an altercation outside a Pacific Beach convenience store was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a murder charge.

Desmond Alejandro Williams, 33, is accused in the June 22, 2019, death of 40-year-old Sean Paul Snellman, who was stabbed multiple times outside the 7-Eleven at 4340 Mission Blvd. Medics took the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police that Snellman punched Williams and swung at him at least one other time before being stabbed, according to preliminary hearing testimony.

According to testimony from San Diego police officers, witnesses said Williams then began to leave the scene on a skateboard, dropped a knife, came back to retrieve it and said either “You’re dead” or “You’re a dead man” before leaving.

Snellman was unarmed during the altercation, according to Deputy District Attorney Frederick Washington Jr.

Williams was arrested Nov. 12 in National City.

He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of the murder charge and a knife use allegation. He’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail and is due back in court July 8 for a Superior Court arraignment.

— City News Service