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Second Woman Arrested in Simi Valley in Connection to Riverside County Murder

Tanita Marie Baker is charged with being an "accessory to murder" in the death of Elizabeth "Coti" Asselin. She was arrested along with her alleged accomplice in Simi Valley on March 6.

Beaumont police released this week the booking photo of a second suspect charged in connection with the death of a 44-year-old Riverside County woman.  Like her alleged accomplice, Tanita Marie Baker was arrested in Simi Valley on March 6, but her photo was only made public Thursday.  

The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has charged Baker with a felony count of accessory to murder, according to a criminal complaint.  

Police tracked Baker, along with murder suspect Vanessa Fierro, to Simi Valley thanks to several leads, officials said.

She's accused of helping Fierro get out of town following her alleged involvement in the death of Elizabeth "Coti" Asselin.

The criminal complaint in the murder case alleges "...Baker... did willfully and unlawfully, having knowledge of the crime of homicide... did harbor, conceal and aid said Vanessa Kathleen Fierro with the intent that she might avoid and escape from arrest, trial, conviction and punishment from said felony."

Both women entered pleas of not guilty in Riverside court on Monday, according to the DA's office.  Their next court date is set for March 20.

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Dawna Woods April 28, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Are there any updates on this case. Just wanted to know what happened at the last court appearance earlier this month

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