- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been set Feb. 8 for a woman who told police she shot her husband dead on Christmas Eve in a downtown Las Vegas hotel room because he was abusing her.

Maria Andrea Escalante’s defense attorney, Norm Reed, told a judge on Thursday he was still getting information about the police investigation. Reed didn’t immediately respond Friday to messages.

Escalante faces murder and child abuse charges because police say she shot 48-year-old David Timothy Cordova of North Las Vegas while their 9-year-old boy was opening holiday presents nearby.

The 34-year-old Escalante was arrested shortly after the Dec. 24 shooting at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. She’s being held without bail at the Clark County jail.

Police say Cordova was shot in the chest. The boy wasn’t hurt.

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