A Los Angeles man accused of fatally stabbing a Pasadena resident in a parking lot at the Rose Bowl during a meeting to settle a social-media dispute pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge.
Miguel Castaneda, 23, of Los Angeles, is charged with killing 22-year-old Demetrio Tapia Jr. in Lot K at the stadium around 10 p.m. Oct. 1.
Co-defendant Valentina Rosales, 23, of Pasadena, is charged with being an accessory after the fact and also pleaded not guilty.
Both were ordered to return to court on Thursday, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Castaneda is being held in lieu of $2 million bail and Rosales on $250,000 bail.
Detectives learned that Castenda and Tapia had gotten into a dispute online days before the killing, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.
“This dispute led to both suspect and victim agreeing to meet in parking lot K of the Rose Bowl to settle this dispute, where they engaged in a physical altercation with one another resulting in the stabbing death of victim Tapia,” Clawson said.
If convicted as charged, Castaneda faces 27 years to life in prison, while Rosales would face up to six years behind bars, prosecutors said.