Victoria Mendoza Murders Tawnee Baird

Victoria Mendoza is a killer from Uah who was convicted in the murder of her girlfriend Tawnee Baird

According to court documents Victoria Mendoza and Tawnee Baird were involved in an argument while inside of a vehicle when Mendoza would pull into a parking lot and then would stab the other woman to death

Victoria Mendoza would be arrested, plead guilty to murder and be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for twenty three years

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A Holladay woman who was sentenced to up to life in prison for stabbing her girlfriend 46 times, killing her, will not get a chance at parole until 2039.

Victoria Mendoza, 23, said she “lost it” when she murdered Tawnee Marie Baird, 21, in October of 2014 as they drove along I-15 near Ogden. The two had been verbally arguing until that point. Mendoza was driving.

Mendoza pleaded guilty to murder, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

For murder convictions, the five-member Utah Board of Pardons and Parole reviews the case and votes on when to set an original hearing date. For Mendoza, the board recently voted to set her first parole hearing 23 years from now.

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A 21-year-old woman has been stabbed to death by her girlfriend after they got into a ‘violent’ argument while driving home in Utah, police have said.

Tawnee Maria Baird and Victoria Mendoza, 22, who lived together in Holladay, were apparently returning from visiting friends in Ogden in the early hours of the morning when they started fighting.

As the row escalated, Mendoza reportedly pulled into a parking lot, before fatally stabbing her partner of five years. She then called a relative, who rushed to the scene and dialled 911, it is said.

Officers arrived at the parking lot at 2484 East Avenue in West Ogden at around 1am, where they found both Mendoza and the victim in the vehicle. Miss Baird was pronounced dead at the scene.

We were actually responding on a call of a murder or someone wanting to turn themselves in for a murder,’ Ogden Police Lieutenant, Tim Scott, told Deseret News

‘I can tell you [Miss Baird] was stabbed to death, I can’t give you the number of stab marks or stab wounds, that will be determined by autopsy, which will likely take place tomorrow.’

He added he could also not yet say what the fight was about, but that it was a ‘violent, tumultuous encounter’ that did ‘culminate and lead to this incident where Ms Mendoza did stab her partner’.

Following the grim discovery on Saturday, police arrested Mendoza on suspicion of murder and booked her into Weber County Jail, where she is currently being held without bail.

According to Fox 13, Mr Scott said Mendoza has been cooperative during the investigation.

Investigators are now running background checks to see if Mendoza and Miss Baird had any history of domestic violence during the five years they were in a relationship.

Yesterday, Miss Baird’s father, Casey Baird, wrote on Facebook that he was flying back to Salt Lake City from Alabama after hearing that his daughter had been killed by a woman ‘all of us tried to help’.

‘I love my lady bug more than I love myself,’ he wrote, referring to Miss Baird – who was a student at Salt Lake Community College – as his ‘best friend’.

Speaking directly to Mendoza, he added angrily: ‘Don’t try insanity plea!!!! In fact I don’t even want the death penalty!!!! I want you to sit in a prison cell and have plenty of time to rottttt!”

Victoria Mendoza will shortly appear in court charged with first-degree felony murder

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