The woman accused of fatally stabbing her brother at a West Sacramento mobile home park was ordered held without bail at her arraignment Friday in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.
Jennifer Mae Ortega-Lopez, 35, sat among a long line of inmates behind glass in Yolo Superior Court Judge Janene Beronio’s courtroom. Two days earlier, Ortega-Lopez was arrested in the fatal stabbing of her older brother, 37-year-old David Antonio Ortega II, at Casa Mobile Park, 1050 W. Capitol Ave.
Ortega-Lopez, calm, her voice clear, pleaded not guilty at the brief morning hearing to the murder count and to an allegation of using a knife to kill her sibling. Beronio ordered Ortega-Lopez held without bail at Yolo County Jail. Ortega-Lopez is scheduled to return to court Jan. 16.
West Sacramento police were called to the mobile home park about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to find Ortega with a single stab wound to the chest. Ortega was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he died hours later, police officials said.
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Neighbors called the two “volatile,” saying the brother and sister often fought.
David Ortega’s killing camet weeks after the Dec. 10 death of the siblings’ mother, Cynthia Ortega. Officials said the elder Ortega was found unconscious on a park bench near West Sacramento City Hall and later died at a Sacramento hospital.