Update 3:30 p.m.:
A preliminary hearing has been set in the case for two women being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the death of a Beaumont woman.
Both Vanessa Kathleen Fierro and Tanita Marie Baker, who are currently being prosecuted together for each one's alleged role in the Feb. 28 death of Elizabeth "Coti" Asselin, attended a felony settlement conference Friday in Riverside.
At that conference, a preliminary hearing– in which a judge will hear evidence and testimony to determine what charges, if any, the women must stand trial for– was set for April 11, according to District Attorney Spokesman John Hall.
Original story as follows:
Two women arrested in connection to the stabbing death of a 44-year-old Beaumont woman are scheduled to appear in a Riverside courtroom Friday morning.
Both Vanessa Kathleen Fierro and Tanita Marie Baker, who are currently being prosecuted together for each one's alleged role in the Feb. 28 death of Elizabeth "Coti" Asselin, are slated to attend a felony settlement conference, according to the district attorney's office.
Fierro was charged on March 8 with murder, and Baker was charged with being an accessory to murder for allegedly helping Fierro escape town and police, according to a criminal complaint in the case.
Both women are already convicted felons who served time in state prison, according to court documents. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges in the death of Asselin.
Fierro remains jailed in the downtown Riverside jail on $1 million bail, while Baker is locked up in lieu of $540,000 bond.
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