Vanessa Guillen suspect Cecily Aguilar makes her first court appearance
Cecily Aguilar, 22, is charged with tampering and felony dismemberment to obstruct an investigation after authorities said she helped hide Guillen’s body.
Aguilar appeared before the Waco judge, where an affidavit read in court detailed the early weeks of Aguilar and Aaron David Robinson trying to cover up what had happened.
When asked if she understood the charges against her, Aguilar reportedly replied, “Yeah, yeah, sure.”
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If convicted, Aguilar faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
Aguilar’s next appearance will be for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on July 14.
The military said Aguilar is the ex-wife of a former soldier who was stationed at Fort Hood.
Robinson, a 20-year-old army specialist, has been identified as the person of interest in Guillen’s case. She disappeared in April. Robinson died by suicide when authorities contacted him, according to Special Agent Damon Phelps of the Army Criminal Investigations Command.
Aguilar is said to have helped lead law enforcement to Robinson, before being confronted and committing suicide.
On June 30, investigators instructed Aguilar to call Robinson while they listened to and recorded the call. They say Robinson did not deny any of the alleged crimes and told him, “Baby, they found pieces”, referring to the discovery of remains.
Robinson reportedly admitted to Aguilar that he transferred the body of a woman from the base to a remote site in Bell County.
“Robinson subsequently enlisted Aguilar’s help in disposing of the dead woman’s body,” reads a press release issued by the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office – Western District of Texas. .
According to the criminal complaint, on June 21, what appeared to be the burnt remains of a plastic tote or hard box were found in an area near where Robinson’s phone rang. No remains were found that day.
At around 1 p.m. on June 30, contractors working on a fence near the Leon River discovered what appeared to be human remains. When authorities searched the area, they found scattered human remains that appeared to have been placed in a concrete-like substance and buried.
Investigators say Aguilar admitted that Robinson told him he killed a female soldier by repeatedly hitting her on the head with a hammer in his weapons room while on duty on April 22, the the day Guillen disappeared.
The criminal complaint said Robinson then placed Guillen’s body in a box and moved the box to a location near the Leon River.
Aguilar told officials that between the evening of April 22 and the early morning of April 23, Robinson picked her up from the gas station where she worked and took her to an area near the Leon River and A bridge. A box with wheels and handles was already on site.
Aguilar said Robinson had taken her into the woods, opened the box and saw a dead woman inside. Aguilar later told investigators that she “recognized the deceased whom she helped Robinson mutilate and dispose of” as Guillen.
According to the complaint, Aguilar and Robinson then used an ax or an ax and a machete-type knife to dismember the body. They allegedly attempted to burn the body and placed the remains in three separate holes and covered them.
Aguilar and Robinson allegedly burned their clothes after disposing of Guillen’s body and returned to the scene four days later to discover the remains and decompose them further, according to additional court documents.
While the military has identified the remains found in the shallow grave as being those of Guillen, the military’s criminal investigation division has yet to independently confirm the identification.
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