The re-arrangement court date for a woman accused of disremembering slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, previously scheduled for 10th November has been postponed.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a US District Judge Alan Albright approved the postponement for 22-years-old Cecily Aguilar to January 19, 2021, after the defence requested additional time. The prosecution did not contest the postponement. The motion read, “Counsel is requesting more time to complete his review of discovery and investigation in this case.”
A witness saw Guillen walk t an adjacent arms room, where soldier Aaron Robinson was working on April 22. She never came out of the room. The Guillen family attorney, Natalie Kwaham, previously said Robinson bludgeoned Guillen inside the armoury room before stuffing her in a large Pelican case.
After Robinson hid Guillen’s body in the case, he stored it to the side of the armoury room, and then left the base to but supplies. He returned that evening and took the case to the Leon River area, according to the criminal complaint.
Robinson later determined that he couldn’t dispose of Guillen’s himself and in turn, contacted his girlfriend, Aguilar, and asked her to help. Bothe of them drove to Leon River, the allegedly used a machete to hack Guillen’s body apart.
On April 26, the suspects returned to Leon River wearing hairnets and gloves. They used cement to encase Guillen’s body parts and lime and rocks to get rid of the evidence. They buried the hairnets and gloves at the crime scene, and then drove home and the clothes they were wearing that day.
After leaving the scene, the suspects allegedly threw the machete, hammer, and Guillen’s cellphone from a car window. During the early morning hours of July 1, when authorities attempted to detain Robinson, he shot himself, causing fatal injuries. Aguilar was arrested and picked up by the US Marshals.
Despite the evidence against her, Aguilar pleaded guilty to three charges connected to tampering with evidence, namely a human corpse. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.