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SIOUX CITY -- A judge on Thursday denied a prosecution request to raise the bond of a woman accused of fatally stabbing another woman Sunday.

Instead, District Judge Jeffrey Poulson ordered that if Melissa Camargo-Flores were to post bond, she would be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and not leave Woodbury County without a judge's order.

Camargo-Flores, 20, of Dakota City, remained in the Woodbury County Jail on a $500,000 bond Thursday afternoon. She was arrested Sunday on a charge of first-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of Kenia Alvarez-Florez outside her home in the 1200 block of West 14th Street in Sioux City.

Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Kristine Timmins on Wednesday had filed a request to have Camargo-Flores' bond increased to $1 million. Timmins said in her motion that law enforcement officers had been informed that Camargo-Flores' family was en route from Mexico with the bond money.

"This information further indicates the defendant poses a serious flight risk," Timmons said in her motion.

Camargo-Flores would need to post $50,000 with a bail bondsman or the entire $500,000 with the clerk of court to bond out of jail.

Poulson said in his order, filed after a Thursday morning hearing, that should she bond out of jail, Camargo-Flores would be subject to pretrial release provisions under the Iowa Third District Department of Correctional Services.

Kenia Alvarez-Flores, 24, was stabbed multiple times shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday outside her residence and died after being taken to a Sioux City hospital.

Police have said that Camargo-Flores waited in a car outside Alvarez-Flores' home for approximately 20 minutes until Alvarez-Flores left for work. Witnesses saw the stabbing take place, and one witness who followed Camargo-Flores provided police with a description of the vehicle.

Soon after the incident, police spotted Camargo-Flores driving a Nissan Sentra near 16th and Douglas streets and arrested her. Police found bloody gloves and a bloody knife inside the car.

According to court documents, Camargo-Flores admitted to stabbing Alvarez-Flores and told authorities she had been involved in a relationship with the victim's boyfriend.

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