Couple plead not guilty in butt surgery death

May 19, 2011 12:43:01 PM PDT
A Colombian couple have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming from a back-office buttocks enhancement surgery that authorities allege killed a 42-year-old Las Vegas woman. Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez entered their pleas Thursday in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. A judge set trial for Feb. 27.

A grand jury last week indicted the 55-year-old Matallana-Galvas and 47-year-old Torres-Sanchez on charges including felony second-degree murder and robbery, and misdemeanor practicing medicine without a license.

Police arrested the pair at McCarran International Airport on April 9, hours after Elena Caro's death.

Police say the couple gave the Las Vegas woman a buttocks injection because she wanted a shapelier figure. Authorities say the procedure took place in the back room of a tile business.

Caro was later found walking the streets in agony. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

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