7:09 p.m. PDT, May 1, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- A capital murder charge was filed by the District Attorney's Office today against a 31-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old girl in Long Beach over the weekend.

Jacinto Zuniga Trujillo appeared for arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Department J of Long Beach Superior Court. He did not enter a plea but he is due in court again on May 22.

He is being held without bail.

Trujillo was charged in case No. NA 092100 with one count of murder with the special circumstance allegation that the victim, identified only as Xiomara J., was killed because she was a witness to a crime.

He also was charged with five counts of oral copulation/sexual penetration with a child under the age of 10 involving the murder victim. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty against Trujillo.The complaint alleged the sexual assaults took place between Nov. 1, 2011, and April 28, the day of the fatal stabbing.

Long Beach Police arrested Trujillo on Saturday after a passerby discovered him and the child's body in the parking lot of Los Altos Methodist Church in Long Beach. Trujillo suffered what was believed to be self-inflicted stab wounds.

The case was filed by Deputy District Attorney Lesley Klein of the Long Beach office. A trial prosecutor has not yet been assigned the case.

The District Attorney's Office will not make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty against Trujillo under the case moves closer to trial. The man accused of stabbing his own stepdaughter to death is expected to be arrainged on Tuesday in Long Beach.

9-year-old Xiomara Jonsales Fernandez was found dead in the parking lot of Long Beach church on Saturday morning.

She was stabbed several times in the upper torso, according to authorities.

Her step-father, Jacinto Trujillo, was found next to her with self-inflicted lacerations, the result of an apparent suicide attempt.

He was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to be okay.

Trujillo has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

"I drove through the parking lot to go to an appointment I had, and realized something didn't seem right," Nancy Eomurian, a witness who first discovered the body, told KTLA.

"I thought maybe they were kids playing. Then I turned around and saw the blood."

Eomurian said that Trujillo indicated that the girl was his "other daughter."

She thought they were both victims and called 911.

Xiomara, who leaves behind five grieving sisters, was going to turn 10 on June 12th, according to her family.

They said that Trujillo never showed any violent tendencies.

However, some family members said he had been acting strangely lately and using drugs.

Police have not given a possible motive in the case.