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Man pleads not guilty to double murder charges in Jamacha-Lomita stabbings

A man accused of stabbing three people, two of them fatally, early Sunday in the Jamacha-Lomita area of San Diego pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and assault charges.

Michael Rodney Major, 38, is accused in the early morning stabbing deaths of two men, which police said occurred around 2:40 a.m. during an altercation at a house party on Carlsbad Street near Innsdale Avenue.

One of the victims, a 34-year-old man, died at the home, San Diego police homicide Lt. Jud Campbell said. Two others were taken to a hospital: a 36-year-old man who later died and a 24-year-old woman whose injuries were not life-threatening, Campbell said.

Police have not released the names of the victims who died, but the criminal complaint identified one of the men as J. Moore and the other as E. Robbins. The complaint alleges Major committed the stabbings while on parole from state prison.

Few new details of the incident were disclosed during Major’s arraignment Wednesday afternoon on charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, but Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said the suspect and three victims were known to one another.

Footage from OnScene TV showed the woman who was injured appeared to sustain a wound to her left forearm. The footage showed a chaotic scene outside the home as San Diego police, sheriff’s deputies from nearby Spring Valley and paramedics attempted to treat victims and sort out the events that had unfolded.

Major was also hurt during the fight and was treated at a hospital before being booked into jail Sunday evening. He remained in custody Wednesday without bail at the San Diego Central Jail.

Staff writer Alex Riggins contributed to this report.

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