Trial for Pinay who killed sis-in-law set for Aug 18

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 26 2014 02:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 10:44 PM

LAS VEGAS – A Filipino-American woman is facing three counts of criminal charges for killing her pregnant sister-in-law last year.

"All I can just picture was my wife trying to fight for her life so that's what broke me," said Aris Indico, husband of Ashley Indico and brother of the suspect, Elinor Indico.

In October of 2013, Ashley, who was 9 months pregnant, was brutally murdered by her own sister-in-law.

Ashley was found dead by Metro Police in their Las Vegas apartment. She was supposedly due to give birth the following week to their third child, baby Anthony.

"We try our best. My wife's sister, Heather, try to explain it to him. I try to explain it to them as much as possible. I'm doing a pretty good job explaining to them that their mom is already in heaven with their baby brother," said Aris.

Elinor is now facing three counts of criminal charges: open murder with a deadly weapon, manslaughter by killing an unborn child, and child abuse neglect.

"I'm glad that the judge threw out those petitions that the defense was asking for," Aris said.

"They filed the writ and we filed our return challenging what they were saying and the judge denied the writ so, now we are gonna move on to trial," said State District Attorney, Tierra Jones.

Elinor appeared before Judge Stefaney Miley, of the Regional Justice Court on Monday.

Elinor, who had her head down the whole time the court was in session, didn't bother looking at her own brother or the media present in the courtroom.

"She should not see a light or day or make any phone calls outside that prison wherever she is going, no contact with human life. She has no respect for human life. I have no sympathy, no sympathy," Aris said.

Aris added, "You were my blood. Now you're not. I'm turning my back on you. Don't even think that I'm your brother. No, you're not my sister!"

Elinor entered a non-guilty plea as the Public Defense Attorney representing her claims it was in self-defense. But it was challenged by the Chief Deputy District Attorney that a crime was committed and no elements of self-defense was presented by forensic evidence.

Meanwhile, Aris expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards kababayans in the valley for the outpouring of support for him and his children as they continue to go to therapy for the brutal loss of Ashley and baby Anthony.

After 30 minutes of arguing on the petition for writ of habeas corpus, Elinor Indico will remain in jail with no bail set. Jury trial is scheduled for August 18, 2014.