SIOUX CITY -- A formal murder charge was filed Wednesday against a woman accused of the fatal stabbing of another woman in Sioux City.
Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings filed a trial information document in Woodbury County District Court containing a single count of first-degree murder against Melissa Camargo-Flores.
District Judge Patrick Tott scheduled Camargo-Flores' arraignment for April 30. If found guilty as charged, Camargo-Flores would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
In a separate order Wednesday, District Judge Duane Hoffmeyer, who is the chief judge in the 3rd Judicial District, assigned District Judge Jeffrey Neary to preside over the case.
Camargo-Flores, 20, of Dakota City, remained in custody Wednesday afternoon on a $500,000 bond. She is accused of the April 8 fatal stabbing of Kenia Alvarez-Flores outside her home in the 1200 block of West 14th Street in Sioux City.
No new information about the stabbing was included in the trial information. In the one-page document, Jennings quoted Iowa code, saying that Camargo-Flores "... with malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation killed another person ..."
Alvarez-Flores, 24, was stabbed multiple times 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 followed Camargo-Flores, providing police with a description of the vehicle.
Soon after the incident, police spotted Camargo-Flores driving a car matching the description 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.
Concerned that Camargo-Flores might be a flight risk if she were able to bond out of jail, prosecutors last week sought an increase of her bond to $1 million, but a judge denied the request.