A courtroom gavel. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsA man accused of stabbing two men in Chula Vista, killing one of them, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and assault charges.
Raymundo Juarez Ochoa, 20, is accused of killing 20-year-old Deandre Bethel and wounding a 21-year-old man after the defendant left a Halloween party with the victims on the night of Oct. 30.
Deputy District Attorney Carder Chan alleged that Ochoa and Bethel got into an argument while the three men were in a car after leaving the party. At some point, the prosecutor alleged, Ochoa took out a handgun and pointed it at Bethel.
The driver pulled over and took the gun from the defendant, prompting Ochoa and Bethel to get out of the car and begin fighting, Chan alleged.
After Bethel pushed the defendant to the ground, Ochoa took out a knife and stabbed Bethel four times, the prosecutor alleged. The other victim grabbed Bethel from behind to try to pull him away and was stabbed twice in the rib area by Ochoa during the melee, according to the prosecutor.
Both victims were taken to an area hospital, where Bethel was pronounced dead.
Ochoa was arrested at his home two days later, the prosecutor said.
In addition to Bethel’s murder, Ochoa is charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing the second victim, and assault with a semi- automatic firearm for allegedly pointing the gun at Bethel.
Bail was set at $1.5 million and Ochoa’s next court date is a Dec. 9 readiness conference.
–City News Service