A Las Vegas woman was stabbed to death outside a bar on Tuesday night. Three women reportedly began arguing inside Champagne’s Cafe. After leaving the bar, the women continued to fight in the parking lot. When authorities arrived on scene, they found Misty Madera unresponsive and covered in blood.
Authorities discovered Madera was stabbed in the neck multiple time. She was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Witnesses said the women’s dispute quickly escalated from a verbal argument into a physical brawl. As reported by Review Journal, a bartender saw 22-year-old Sarah Chavez with her hands around Madera’s neck. Another witness said the victim was “spraying blood everywhere.”
A bar patron eventually managed to pull Chavez away from Madera and detain her. Chavez’s clothing was reportedly soaked with her victim’s blood.
Chavez initially denied what she had done. However, upon further questioning, she admitted that she stabbed the Las Vegas woman in the neck three times.
According to Fox 5 Vegas, the argument began when two women tripped Chavez’s boyfriend inside the bar. Chavez initially told authorities that she armed herself with a sharp object when the fight began. She later admitted she already had the knife when she came to the bar. Authorities recovered a bloody knife from the parking lot.
It is unknown whether the women knew each other before Tuesday evening, or whether the argument stemmed from an ongoing feud.
Chavez is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center on charges of murder with a deadly weapon. Her first hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning.
In Las Vegas, murder with a deadly weapon is a category A felony. If convicted, Chavez could face the death penalty. The minimum sentence in a Category A felony conviction is 50 years, with a chance of parole after 20.