Judge sets hearing for accused backroom surgeons

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 8:59 PM
Judge sets hearing for accused backroom surgeons

A judge in Las Vegas has denied bail to a husband and wife accused of performing a backroom buttocks enhancement surgery on a 42-year-old woman who later died.

Authorities say 55-year-old Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and 47-year-old Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez were arrested last week while trying to board a flight to their native Colombia.

Judge William Jansen set a preliminary hearing for May 17 and denied bail Wednesday. He says the airport arrest shows the pair is a flight risk.

Elena Caro was found walking the streets of Las Vegas in agony on Saturday after a surgery that authorities say was performed in the back room of a tile business.

She was pronounced dead at North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas.