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Suspect in Sioux City stabbing pleads not guilty to murder

Suspect in Sioux City stabbing pleads not guilty to murder


SIOUX CITY -- A Dakota City woman charged with fatally stabbing another woman in Sioux City pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder.

Public defender Jennifer Solberg filed a written plea with the court on behalf of Melissa Camargo-Flores. Her trial was set for July 10.

Camargo-Flores, 20, remains in custody in the Woodbury County Jail on a $500,000 bond. If found guilty as charged, she would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Camargo-Flores 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. Alvarez-Flores, 24, was stabbed multiple times 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.


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