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A woman accused of helping her boyfriend dismember the body of Vanessa Guillén after he killed the Fort Hood Army soldier has now been indicted on 11 counts related to her murder.
On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Cecily Aguilar on charges including accessory after the fact, destruction of records in a federal case, conspiracy to tamper with documents, and issuing false statements, KTRK in Houston reported.
"[Aguilar] did unlawfully and knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with another person to corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal any record, document and other objects, to wit: the body of V.G., and did attempt to do so, with the intent to impair its integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding," according to the indictment, which was obtained by CNN,
Investigators believe that a fellow soldier, U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson, 20, beat her to death with a hammer before enlisting Aguilar's help. He died by suicide in July as authorities were closing in on him. Now, investigators are focusing on Aguilar. She pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence and two substantive counts of tampering with evidence last year.
Last month, Aguilar asked a judge that an alleged confession she made regarding the case be thrown. But the judge denied that request, determining that the statement was made voluntarily, according to KTRK.
Aguilar allegedly told investigators that Robinson forced her to participate in the crimes and that he even held a gun to her head during that process. She helped lead investigators to her boyfriend before his death.
She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
“We're dealing with a very bad person here and hopefully, she'll get the punishment she deserves,” Guillén's family attorney, Natalie Khawam, told KTRK.
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