VIDEO: Zac Tenorio Makes 1st Appearance, But Arraignment on Charge of Murdering His Brother Postponed Until Next Tuesday


Guam – The arraignment of Zachary Tenorio, 21, who is accused of murdering his brother, Navy Officer Jonathan Jake Tenorio, has been postponed to next week Tuesday in San Diego to allow the defense counsel time to prepare for the court proceedings.

Zachary Tenorio appeared in San Diego County court today in a blue jumpsuit and shackled by the wrists, according to ABC News affiliate 10News. Tenorio’s father, Joe Tenorio, also appeared in court visibly upset and holding back tears as his son was escorted into the courtroom.

Tenorio’s attorney, Tom Warwick, asked the superior court judge for more time to finalize representation arrangements with the defendant, says Steve Walker, communications director for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Walker tells PNC News that a criminal complaint has been filed against Tenorio charging him with one count first degree murder with the allegation that he used a deadly weapon. He faces 26 year to life in prison if found guilty. Tenorio is currently behind bars with no bail set.

Tenorio is accused of stabbing his 25-year-old brother, Jake Tenorio, to death on Sunday, California time. According to police, Jake’s roommate called to report his death around 6:20 am that morning.

Police later confirmed that it was Zachary Tenorio who called police. Homicide Detective Lt. Jorge Duran told 10News that Jake Tenorio was fatally stabbed once in the upper body and that the murder weapon was retrieved from the scene.

Zachary Tenorio was in San Diego over the weekend for an Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu World Championship Tournament, according to his father, Joe Tenorio.

Jake Tenorio was stationed in San Diego assigned to the USS Bunker Hill. He was commissioned in the Navy in 2008 and graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis last May. He was a newlywed and was married to Christine Santos, an assistant attorney general here on Guam. Tenorio grew up in Mangilao and graduated from George Washington High School in 2004.