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Suspect waives preliminary hearing in woman’s stabbing death outside bar

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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 first degree murder charges for stabbing Misty Madera, 30, during a bar fight at Champagne’s Cafe, 3557 S. Maryland Parkway, on Tuesday Nov. 12.

A 22-year-old woman arrested in the stabbing death of another woman outside a Maryland Parkway bar is headed to trial.

Sarah Chavez on Wednesday waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Chavez is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Misty Madera, 30.

Madera was stabbed to death Nov. 12 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.

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 & 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.

An arraignment is set for Jan. 16 in Clark County District Court.

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