Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 | 2 p.m.
The woman accused in a fatal stabbing in November outside a Maryland Parkway bar pleaded not guilty today in Clark County District Court.
Hearing Master Melisa De La Garza set a Sept. 8 trial date for Sarah Chavez, 22, Las Vegas.
Chavez is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Misty Madera, 30, on Nov. 12 outside Champagnes Cafe, 3557 S. Maryland Parkway, after a fight spilled out of the bar and into a parking lot, according to a Metro Police arrest report.
Witnesses, including a bartender, told police the dispute apparently was triggered when Madera tripped Chavez’s boyfriend in the bar, according to the 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. There, 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.
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.
Police discovered a Smith & Wesson folding knife near the scene.