Woman arraigned in fatal home invasion

Eva Meraz-Corral

ENID, Okla. — A woman charged last week in connection to a fatal home invasion was arraigned Friday on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Eva Meraz-Corral appeared Friday before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.

She appeared with her court-appointed attorney Sammy Duncan and interpreter Cesar Leon. Lovell entered pleas of not guilty on her behalf.

Meraz-Corral, 47, was charged last Thursday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony in the death of Diana Baez, 41. Bond has been denied in the case.

She faces life in prison, life without parole or death on the murder charge. She also up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the conspiracy charge.

Lovell asked Duncan about rescheduling a preliminary hearing set for Meraz-Corral and her co-defendants for Jan. 29-31. Duncan expressed concerns about her schedule during a bond hearing for Meraz-Corral last week.

Lovell set a bond appearance for 10 a.m. Jan. 13.

Baez was beaten and stabbed in the early morning hours of Sept. 11 in her home, 413 W. Vine.

Meraz-Corral told Enid Police Department detectives she was responsible for the attack on Baez, whom she met when the two were staying at Enid YWCA, according to the affidavit. She said Baez began dating a man she had been involved with previously.

Meraz-Corral said she contacted someone in Mexico in reference to Baez and was told to contact

Leoncio

Hernandez, according to the affidavit. Meraz-Corral said she spoke with Hernandez at his residence, 1733 Meadowbrook, and told him she did not want Baez "to be pretty anymore."

Meraz-Corral said she did not want Baez to be with her ex-boyfriend anymore, according to the affidavit. She said if Hernandez took care of her request, she would make arrangements to put him contact with a man who had an unpaid debt of $40,000.

Hernandez, 33, also is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. Bond has been denied in his case.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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