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Police: Self-defense claimed in pregnant woman's slaying

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A woman, who was charged with murder tied to the death of her pregnant sister-in-law, claimed she was defending herself when the two had gotten into a physical fight.

Las Vegas Metro police said 30-year-old Elinor Indico was booked in absentia Wednesday on charges of open murder and voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Ashley Indico, 26, and her unborn child.

According to documents, Ashley Indico's husband told detectives his sister lived with him, his wife and their two small children inside an apartment in the 2800 block of North Rancho Drive.

The victim's husband told police Elinor Indico had lived with them since September but ordered her to move out this week. In the documents, Ashley Indico's husband said his sister was caught using drugs inside the home, breaking their agreement as part of the living arrangement. The husband also said he didn't know of any past outbursts from his wife but knew his sister might have been bipolar.

Citing the husband, police also learned Ashley Indico and Elinor Indico were not getting along, even at one point shoving each other two weeks ago while Ashley Indico was nine months pregnant.

The police documents further described how an officer found both Ashley Indico and Elinor Indico inside their apartment on Wednesday. According to the officer, neighbor Stephanie Vasquez said Ashley Indico's 5-year-old son knocked on her door with blood on him. The neighbor said the boy relayed his mom was bleeding from her arm.

Vasquez then heard Elinor Indico screaming and yelling followed by what she described as "orgasmic moans" from outside the apartment door before the officer arrived.

The officer knocked on the apartment door and was answered by Elinor Indico, who had blood on her as well, documents said. A blood trail led away from the door and into a master bedroom and bathroom, where the officer found Ashley Indico bleeding, according to documents.

When asked by the officer what happened, Elinor Indico said she had been stabbed by her sister-in-law during a fight. In the documents, she claimed at the moment they were fighting because Ashley Indico was upset at Elinor Indico for not helping her and her family with money.

Police said they were unable to revive Ashley Indico at the scene. The Clark County Coroner's Office later said the woman was stabbed at least three times in the neck, once in the bicep and once in the ankle. Medical examiners determined the manner of death as a homicide.

Police later interviewed Elinor Indico at University Medical Center, where she was being treated for two shallow stab wounds to her stomach.

In documents, Elinor Indico said she had kept two knives in the home, one in her suitcase and the other inside a sofa cushion.

During an argument, Elinor Indico claimed her sister-in-law got ahold of her knife and began to come at her, according to police. She told police the two struggled over the knife and that she was able to get ahold of the blade from Ashley Endico.

In the documents, Elinor Indico claimed to have stabbed her sister-in-law only once in her neck. According to Elinor Indico, the two carried their fight to a bathroom where Ashley Indico wound up. Elinor Indico told police she was able to call 911 using Ashley Indico's phone.

Elinor Indico concluded by saying she acted in self-defense. She was booked in absentia while she remained to be treated at the hospital.

Stephanie Vasquez, meanwhile, is heartbroken at the thought of never seeing her friend and neighbor again. She says she's been riding an emotional roller coaster since the incident happened.

"Every day I would come out and she would be right there, always had that beautiful smile," said Vasquez, who describes Ashley Indigo as a happy, well-liked mother who's world revolved around her two children.

She will also never meet Ashley Indigo's baby, who would have been born next week. "They wanted (the baby's sex) to be a surprise. I know if it was a boy they were going to name him Anthony," she said.

Neighbors say the victim's other children are staying with grandparents as the investigation continues.

Police urged people with information to call Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. You may also leave information online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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