Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 | 11:42 a.m.
The woman accused of fatally stabbing her pregnant sister-in-law pleaded not guilty in Clark County District Court today.
Elinor Indico, 31, is charged with murder; manslaughter of an unborn child; and child abuse, neglect or endangerment in connection with the Oct. 16 death of Ashley Indico and her unborn child.
The child abuse, neglect or endangerment charge stems from trauma the incident may have cause Ashley Indico’s 5-year-old son, who was home at the time.
According to a Metro Police arrest report, during the incident, the boy knocked on his neighbor Stephanie Vasquez’s door and told her, “My mom is bleeding.”
Vasquez went to investigate but couldn’t get inside the home. Vasquez told police she heard Elinor Indico yelling and eventually moaning.
The arrest report indicates 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 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.
Police found Ashley Indico, who was nine months pregnant, lying dead inside her home in the 2800 block of North Rancho Drive after responding to Elinor Indico’s 911 call.
The report indicates Ashley Indico’s 3-year-old daughter was also home during the incident.
When Elinor Indico opened the door for officers, they found the entrance of the home drenched in blood, according to the police report. Elinor Indico showed them two stab wounds and was taken to University Medical Center.
“It seems like a pretty solid case of self-defense. I think we’re going to be able to show that the decedent stabbed Elinor first, several times,” Deputy Public Defender Norman Reed told the Sun. “There is a lot more back story to the case.”
In an interview after the incident, Elinor Indico told detectives her sister-in-law had gone “stab crazy,” and she broke down crying when officers told her Ashley Indico had died, according to the police report.
“Obviously, she is very emotional,” Reed said of his client. “She’s never been in jail before. She’s scared out of her mind.”
Elinor Indico’s fiancé and mother are supporting her, Reed said.
“Her mother is in a very difficult situation,” Reed said. “She loves her children, both of them. She feels like she should support both of them.”
Ashley Indico’s cousin, Jamie Winters, created an online fundraiser to help pay funeral expenses and to help support Aristeo Indico and his children. So far, the site has raised $3,275. It has a posted goal of $15,000.
Elinor Indico invoked her right to a speedy trial. The case is set to go to trial on Jan 21.
She is being held without bail in the Clark County Detention Center.