A 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