UPDATE: Tucson man accused of fatally stabbing older sister

Authorities still investigating city’s first homicide of 2020

UPDATE: Tucson man accused of fatally stabbing older sister
Authorities said Ismael Ortega fatally stabbed his older sister Mirna Ortega. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson man has been accused of stabbing his sister to death during a fight late Sunday, Jan. 5.

The Tucson Police Department said Ismael Ortega, 41, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.

The TPD said he attacked his sister — 43-year-old Mirna Ortega — at a home in the 2400 block of South Holly Straw, which is near Silverlake and Country Club.

The woman died at a local hospital and Oretga is being held on a $1 million bond.

Ortega, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was not taking his medication, according to court records.

Ismael registered as a sex offender, according to court records. In 1998, he was convicted of attempted sexual assault in Pinal County.

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