A woman accused of fatally stabbing another woman Friday in downtown Bakersfield has been released from custody as the District Attorney's office has sent the case against her back to police for further investigation.

Miranda Garcia, 21, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old woman at 20th and Eye Streets Friday evening, police said.

Prosecutor Ken Russell said Tuesday afternoon no charges have been filed as the investigation is not complete and has been returned to police. 

Garcia is no longer listed in custody, according to the Sheriff's Office website. No prior charges are listed against her on the Kern County Superior Court website.

The 19-year-old's name has not yet been released by the coroner's office.

Police have said it's believed the women got into an argument that turned physical outside Dagny’s Coffee Co. Police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said Tuesday he had no information as to what started the argument. 

Police said Garcia reported the incident and was still in possession of the knife when officers arrived. 

The killing occurred less than two weeks after a man was fatally stabbed outside the Fox Theater after a concert. In that incident, 19-year-old Kasey Villegas was killed Feb. 18 after a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert.

Four men — Heralcio Ugues, 36, Efrain Ugues, 32, Jesse Reyes, 33, and Joel Rodriguez, 26 — have pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder in Villegas' killing. 

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