Pair of Defendants Plead Not Guilty In Rose Bowl Parking Lot Murder

Published : Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4:37 AM

A Los Angeles man and a Pasadena woman accused in the fatal stabbing of another Pasadena resident in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in the late night hours of October 1 have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the incident.

They were arraigned Monday at the Pasadena Courthouse of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Miguel Castaneda, 23, is charged with the killing of 22-year-old Demetrio Tapia Jr. Co-defendant Valentina Rosales, 23, is accused of being an accessory after the fact.

A Pasadena police statement said the victim had a dispute on social media and had agreed to meet with Castaneda on October 1 to settle the dispute. A heated argument ensued which led to the stabbing which killed Tapia, the statement said.

Castaneda and Rosales are expected to return to court on Thursday when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing of the charges against them.

Castaneda is in custody held in lieu of $2 million bail. Bail for Rosales has been set at $1 million.

Prosecutors said Castaneda faces 27 years to life in prison if convicted, and Rosales could face up to six years behind bars.

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