Pedro_Zaldana-Ortiz.jpgA man accused of a fatal stabbing last week in San Francisco’s Outer Mission neighborhood has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman said today.

Pedro Zaldana-Ortiz, 23, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to killing 25-year-old Nelson Henriquez, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said.

Henriquez was found stabbed in the first block of Regent Street at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 26 by officers who had responded to a report of a fight, police said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide inspectors began investigating the case and identified Zaldana-Ortiz, a San Francisco resident, as the suspected stabber, according to police.

He was located in the city’s Mission District and arrested on Sunday, police said.

Zaldana-Ortiz remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail and will return to court for a pre-hearing conference on March 7, Stillman said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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