$1M bail for man accused of fatal stabbing

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SAN DIEGO — A man accused of fatally stabbing another man during an altercation in downtown San Diego pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge and was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel told Judge David Szumowski that a patrol officer saw Santiago Abraham Jr., 64, and the 43-year-old victim arguing about 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Broadway.

Sean Ziegler backed up and put his hands in the air, and Abraham stabbed him in the neck, Vasel alleged.

Ziegler, of Maryland, was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Deputy Public Defender Terry Zimmerman said Abraham claims he acted in self-defense.

A status conference was set for July 7 and a preliminary hearing for July 15.

Abraham faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.