Tempers flare in court in trial of Fil-Am accused of murder

Elinor Indico in court

Elinor Indico in court

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – In a case that has torn a family apart, a brother lashed out in court Monday upon seeing his sister who is accused of killing his pregnant wife.

“She didn’t even look at me. She knew I was here, it seemed like she was mocking me,” said Aristeo Indico of his sister Elinor Indico. “She didn’t even want to give me that look to say I’m sorry.”

Elinor Indico is facing charges of murder, manslaughter, child abuse and child endangerment for the death of Ashley Indico, who was nine-month pregnant when she died before her two children on Oct. 17 last year.

Elinor Indico is accused of stabbing Ashley 14 times during a family quarrel in the North Las Vegas apartment they shared.

Aristeo Indico saw his sister in court for the first time since the killing, and told local television station KTNV he nearly lost it.

“I wanted to run in the court and do exactly what she did to my wife,” Aristeo Indico said.

He added that he knows he can’t, and now he has just to hope for a guilty verdict.

Clark County District Judge Stefany Miley has now set the trial for August after defense has asked for time to study the ramifications of a supposed “confession” Elinor Indico made to police.

Elinor Indico, who is represented by Deputy Public defender Norman Reed, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and claimed she acted in self-defense.

Aristeo Indico, who had invited his sister to live with his family, said outside court Monday that he and his two children are undergoing counseling.

“I’m on therapy with my children,” he said. “It’s something I hope counseling will help.”

As he watched his emotionless sister in court Monday, Aristeo said it was difficult to keep his emotions under control.

He said he was chastised by the bailiff after yelling to his sister in the courtroom, “I’ll see you at trial.”

His children, five-year-old Annabelle and three-year old Alexander are having difficulty adjusting to life without their mother. The unborn child was named Anthony.

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