UPDATE | Today, 30-year-old Elmer Leonardo Orellena was charged with murder in connection with the fatal October Drake Park stabbing of 22-year-old Jesus Pimentel, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
Orellena pleaded not guilty to three counts leveled against him: two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of murder. Orellena pleaded not guilty to the first two counts on October 27, and the count of murder on November 12.
He is scheduled to return to court on December 3 for a pre-hearing conference at the Long Beach Courthouse, according to court documents.
PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Police Arrest Man in Connection with Fatal Drake Park Stabbing
On 11/20/15 at 5:43PM | On November 9, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) arrested 30-year-old Elmer Leonardo Orellena in connection with the fatal October Drake Park stabbing of 22-year-old Jesus Pimentel, officers announced today.
Officers discovered Pimentel on the sidewalk, stabbed in the torso, on the 1000 block of Maine Avenue on Sunday, October 25 at 7:45PM.
Paramedics then transported Long Beach resident James Pimentel, 22, to a local hospital where he died shortly thereafter, LBPD officials said last month.
When police arrested Orellana, he was in custody on an unrelated charge, the LBPD said.
Detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office today, which charged Orellana with the murder of Pimentel. Orellana is currently being held on $1,080,000 bail in Long Beach City Jail.
Six security cameras were installed in Drake Park in 2013, amid concerns regarding an increase in tagging and property crime, and a string of shootings that left one dead and others injured.
Last month, police also arrested a woman suspected of robbing a person at Drake Park, after witnesses who called the police reported seeing a person with a gun.
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the murder is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Michael Hubbard at 562.570.7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org