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Bail set for suspect in slaying of pregnant woman

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Elinor Indico

A judge set bail on Monday for the woman accused of fatally stabbing her pregnant sister-in-law.

Las Vegas Township Judge William Kephart set bail at $120,000 for Elinor Indico, 30, who is charged with one count of open murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 16 death of her sister-in-law and her unborn child.

Tension had been building in the Indico household prior to the incident that left Elinor Indico wounded and her sister-in-law dead.

Elinor Indico had been living with her brother’s family for about a month on the condition she stay off drugs and hold down a job, according to the arrest report.

When she couldn’t manage to do either, her brother Aristeo Indico told her she’d need to move out by the end of that week, according to the arrest report.

The night of the alleged stabbing, Ashley Indico told her neighbor, Stephanie Vasquez, that she was, “praying Elinor would move out tonight and not wait until Friday,” Vasquez said.

Roughly 20 minutes later police would find Ashley Indico lying dead inside her home in the 2800 block of North Rancho Drive.

She was nine months pregnant, according to an arrest report, and was to give birth Oct. 26.

Vasquez discovered her neighbor’s fate after Ashley Indico’s 5-year-old boy knocked on her door and told her, “My mom is bleeding,” she told police.

Vasquez, brought the child inside and rushed next door to investigate.

Vasquez said she ran to Ashley Indico’s apartment and tried to open her unlocked door. She couldn’t get in because Elinor Indico blocked it and told her to “get the (expletive) out of here,” according to the report.

Vasquez told police she heard Elinor Indico yelling aggressively before moaning in ecstasy.

Before Vasquez could enter, police responded to Elinor Indico’s 911 call, which she made after apparently barricading herself and the boy’s 3-year-old sister inside a bathroom.

Blood covered the entrance of the home when Elinor Indico finally opened the door for police. Wearing a floral pattern blouse with shorts, she showed officers two stab wounds on her stomach and retreated back into a bathroom to sit next to her niece.

Elinor Indico told police she was attacked by Ashley Indico and only fought back in self-defense, but detectives dismissed that claim after conversations with witnesses.

Elinor Indico allegedly lied to police initially, saying that it was the family, not she, that was moving out of the home. She told police her sister-in-law had stabbed her because she would not give Ashley Indico any money.

Elinor Indico was treated for her stab wounds at University Medical Center.

In a follow-up interview she told detectives her sister-in-law had gone “stab crazy,” according to the police report.

Detectives said she broke down crying and was unable to continue their conversation when they told her Ashley Indico had died.

Ashley Indico's cousin Jamie Winters wrote in an email to the Sun that her cousin’s husband wants privacy.

“A husband is trying to grieve and process what his own sister did to his wife while he takes care of his children that witnessed their mother get brutally murdered,” Winters wrote. “We are all at a loss of words and none of us in the family know what to say. we can't stop crying and wishing she was still here.”

Winters said neither she nor Aristeo have been able to sleep since the attack, saying she just keeps calling her sister’s cellphone in vain, hoping that she will pick up.

“I spent my whole life with her and I know she wouldn't have started a fight,” Winters wrote. “My cousin died helpless and in pain fearing for the life of her baby and herself.”

Elinor Indico remains in Clark County Detention Center.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 8.

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