Orellana pleads not guilty to South Sioux stabbing

2011-09-27T10:38:00Z 2012-04-09T16:20:13Z Orellana pleads not guilty to South Sioux stabbingBy Dolly A. Butz - dbutz@siouxcityjournal.com Sioux City Journal
September 27, 2011 10:38 am  • 
DAKOTA CITY - A man acquitted of a 1997 gang-related murder has pleaded not guilty to stabbing a man in August in South Sioux City.

Andrew Orellana, 32, entered his not guilty plea to charges of first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, both Class II felonies, on Tuesday in Dakota County District Court.

If convicted, Orellana could face up to 50 years in prison on each charge.

A jury acquitted Orellana of first-degree murder in October 2009. He was charged in connection with the 1997 gang-related shooting death of 19-year-old Joaquinn Guerrero.

According to court documents, the stabbing victim was walking to a liquor store on the afternoon of Aug. 20 when a man driving a gold SUV stopped him in the 1300 block of First Avenue. The driver exchanged words with the victim about being in a gang.

Police say Orellana then got out of the passenger side of the vehicle brandishing a knife. He allegedly chased the victim around a corner and stabbed him multiple times.

The victim was taken by private vehicle to a Sioux City hospital with  non-life threatening injuries.

Orellana fled the scene in the SUV. Police later identified him from video surveillance footage obtained from Prestige Liquor Store.

Orellana is being held at the Dakota County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on Nov. 22.

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