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UPDATED: Women Arrested in Beaumont Murder Appear in Riverside Court

Vanessa Kathleen Fierro and Tanita Marie Baker had a felony settlement conference in Riverside on Friday.

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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DZ March 30, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Ugh... is all i can say right now besides YUCK!!! Makes my stomach turn just thinking about it... and everytime i drive by Coti's breaks my heart... but now they are saying coti was stabbed to death? Too many stories dont know what to believe and probably will never know... JUST KNOW COTI I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU AND WISHED THIS NEVER HAD HAPPEN TO YOU!!! MY HEART IS STILL HURTING!!!!
Ike March 30, 2013 at 01:09 PM
A Gruesome Twosome.
David Rempel March 30, 2013 at 02:07 PM
After the trial the police can start looking for the tattoo artist. That work is a crime too
Rage March 30, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Buh dum, tss.
ikedaddy March 30, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Double trouble!!
Jeff in Banning March 30, 2013 at 07:12 PM
This is a shame, I didn't know this lady, but NO should be treated like that. God bless her family.
Jeff in Banning March 30, 2013 at 07:13 PM
too funny, but you are right!
itdontmatter March 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
i just cant believe they still got a chance for a felony settlement conference....if i were the DA and judge i wouldnt waste my time and money to try to settle anything they deserve LWOP if they get lucky but if you ask me i would just decide to execute those devils abortions as i call worthless, heartless people such as those 2......
itdontmatter March 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM
you're right there are so many different stories but one of the people commenting on these updates said that coti was beat,stabbed and then strangled to death....:( and that it appeared as if she had been dragged around the house by her hair cus i guess when she was found she was practicaly bald......
itdontmatter March 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM
i didnt know coti personally i just live in beaumont and this was so shocking to me and believe it or not for some reason it feels to me as if i knew coti.....its weird....when i read about how she was murdered and she was just left there in her house believe it or not i was crying because its just horrible to imagine what that monster put her through i suppose you are a friend of her and my heart goes out to you and all the ones who love her and miss her
COTI'S TRUE FRIEND March 31, 2013 at 05:20 AM
I AGREE WITH YOU GUYS...COTI WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF OURS AND IT ALSO TURNS OUR STOMACHES JUST THE THOUGHT OF WHAT THOSE MONSTERS DID TO HER!!!! SHE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE ABUSED THAT WAY. I PRAY DAILY ASKING THE LORD TO PLS GRANT ME THE STRENGTH TO NOT BLURT OUT AT THE MOUTH WHEN I GO TO THE NEXT COURT DATE? WE ARE BEHIND COTI 100% WE WILL BE HER VOICE. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO LET JUSTICE BE SERVED....COTI WE LOVE AND MISS YOU LOT'S...NO WORRIES HON...."WE GOT YOU" LOVE YOU FRIEND....
COTI'S TRUE FRIEND March 31, 2013 at 05:21 AM
I AGREE WITH YOU GUYS...COTI WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF OURS AND IT ALSO TURNS OUR STOMACHES JUST THE THOUGHT OF WHAT THOSE MONSTERS DID TO HER!!!! SHE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE ABUSED THAT WAY. I PRAY DAILY ASKING THE LORD TO PLS GRANT ME THE STRENGTH TO NOT BLURT OUT AT THE MOUTH WHEN I GO TO THE NEXT COURT DATE? WE ARE BEHIND COTI 100% WE WILL BE HER VOICE. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO LET JUSTICE BE SERVED....COTI WE LOVE AND MISS YOU LOT'S...NO WORRIES HON...."WE GOT YOU" LOVE YOU FRIEND....
Washy March 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM
I cannot believe with the torture Coti went through our DA didn't call for the death penalty.....
Vince March 31, 2013 at 07:23 PM
ikedaddy says he says @ 12:07 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2013: "Double trouble!!" **** More like DOUBLE COYOTE UGLY----how would ya like it if they made them an "Ike Sammich" down to The Motel No Tell, and ya woke up with 'em sleeping on both yer arms? You'd have ta gnaw them arms clean off quiet like so's not to wake up the sleeping beasts, and then you could make an escape...huh?
Scott April 04, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I hope the hotty with the sweet tats gets out. Im needing some of dat. Woo hoo

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