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A 25-year-old Moreno Valley woman accused of fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend during an argument in his car was ordered Friday to stand trial on a murder charge.

Brittany Yvonne Juarez is accused of killing 25-year-old Robert Emilio Minjares of Moreno Valley last year.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson ruled there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon — a knife — in the commission of a felony.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Oct. 14 and ordered that Juarez remain held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to the Riverside Police Department, Juarez and Minjares were involved in a heated exchange as they sat in his car in the 2000 block of Alessandro Boulevard, near Mission Grove Parkway, about 3 a.m. June 8, 2021.

“At some point during the argument, she produced a knife and stabbed him in the chest,” police spokesman Officer Javier Cabrera said.

He said Juarez then got behind the wheel of the vehicle and drove the victim to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died minutes later.

The defendant remained at the hospital, where staff called 911. Responding sheriff’s deputies turned the investigation over to Riverside police detectives after confirming that the stabbing had happened in the city, according to Cabrera.

Juarez was taken into custody without incident.

The reason for the argument between her and Minjares was not disclosed, and it was unclear how long they had been together before splitting up.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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