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Man found walking down street covered in blood charged with murder

October 25, 2013|By Adolfo Flores

A man who was seen covered in blood and walking down a Huntington Beach street was charged Friday with fatally stabbing a 51-year-old man.

An off-duty officer spotted Rito Tejeda, 22, of Santa Ana with blood on his clothes and body near Knoxville Avenue and Delaware Street on Wednesday, said the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The officer called the Huntington Beach Police Department. Tejeda was taken to a hospital for treatment of superficial wounds.

Detectives said they later discovered the body of 51-year-old Frederick Sledge in a nearby apartment.

Tejeda is accused of repeatedly stabbing Sledge in the apartment before leaving on foot.

He was charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. Tejeda faces a maximum 26 years to life in state prison and is being held on $1 million bail.

Tejeda is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 22 in Westminster’s West Justice Center.

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