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Woman arrested in stabbing death outside bar goes before judge

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Christopher DeVargas

Sarah Anne Chavez makes her first appearance in court at the Regional Justice Center, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Chavez, 22, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Misty Madera, 30, outside Champagnes Cafe, 3557 S. Maryland Parkway, on Tuesday Nov. 12.

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Sumer Hemming, sister-in-law to Misty Madera, reacts during a bail hearing for Sarah Anne Chavez on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Chavez, 22, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Misty Madera, 30, outside Champagnes Cafe, 3557 S. Maryland Parkway, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

A 22-year-old woman arrested in the stabbing death of another woman outside a Maryland Parkway bar made a first appearance today in Las Vegas Township Justice Court.

A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 3 for Sarah Chavez, 22, who is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Misty Madera, 30.

Madera was stabbed to death Tuesday outside Champagnes Cafe, 3557 S. Maryland Parkway, after a fight spilled out of the bar into the parking lot, according to a Metro Police report.

Chavez’s parents and people close to Madera were in court this morning.

Witnesses, including a bartender, told police the dispute apparently was triggered when Madera tripped Chavez’s boyfriend in the bar, according to the Metro report.

A series of arguments ensued and escalated into a three-way fight between Chavez, Madera and Madera’s sister, police said.

The fight spilled out a back door and into the parking lot.

A bar patron separated Chavez and Madera, but Chavez reached around and punched Madera, police said. Witnesses reported hearing Madera yell, “She has a knife,” the police report said.

Police discovered a Smith and Wesson folding knife near the scene.

When Metro officers arrived, Chavez was covered with blood and being detained by a patron, police said. Madera was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where she later died.

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