Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A second person pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with a woman’s stabbing death during a dispute last month over a parking space at a swap meet in Santa Fe Springs.

Reggie Cervantes, 22, is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the alleged attack Oct. 17. The criminal complaint alleges Cervantes personally used a knife during the crime and that he was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2009 and receiving stolen property in 2010.

Co-defendant Brenda Jasmine Rangel, 19, pleaded not guilty Oct. 21 to one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

The charges stem from an alleged confrontation with 43-year-old Elizabeth Yanez, who reportedly got into an argument with Cervantes and Rangel while looking for a parking spot with her two adult children.

Cervantes allegedly got out of his car and unsuccessfully tried to stab Yanez’s son, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrea Mader.

Cervantes then allegedly stabbed Yanez before he and Rangel fled the scene, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Police found Yanez on the ground with multiple stab wounds to her neck and back.

Yanez was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she was pronounced dead.

Cervantes and Rangel were arrested a day later and have remained in jail since then.

The two are due back in a Norwalk courtroom Dec. 15.

If convicted as charged, they could each face a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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