A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to toss out the confession by the woman accused of helping dismembered the body of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen.
Cecily Aguilar, the girlfriend of murder suspect Aaron Robinson, asked in March to throw out the confession, saying she was not read her Miranda rights at the start of an interrogation about the whereabouts of Robinson, who was also a Fort Hood soldier, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
The judge ruled against the motion, saying Aguilar, 22, volunteered the information.
Attorneys played some of the video of that interrogation during the nearly four-hour hearing on Wednesday, KTRK reported. “I’m ready to get this **** over with,” Aguilar says in the video before the interview begins.
Aguilar faces three conspiracy to tamper with evidence charges after she allegedly helped Robinson, 20, dismember 20-year-old Guillen after Robinson beat her to death with a hammer in April 2020.
According to court documents, Robinson hid Guillen’s body in a Pelican case, stored it to the side of the armory room on the base, then left the base to buy supplies. He returned that evening and took the case to the Leon River area, the Guillen family lawyer, Natalie Kwaham previously told CrimeOnline.
Kwaham said Robinson needed help with disposing of Guillen’s body, and in turn, contacted Aguilar. Both Robinson and Aguilar allegedly drove to Leon River, then used a machete to hack Guillen’s body apart.
On April 26, 2020, 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, according to the criminal complaint, then drove home and burned the clothes they were wearing that day.
Aguilar was arrested on June 30, but Robinson took his own life as police closed in on him.
Supporters of Guillen’s family surrounded the court house during the hearing, KTRK said.
Aguilar faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if she’s convicted.
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[Feature Photo: Cecily Aguilar/Bell County Sheriff’s Office and Vanessa Aguilar/Family Handout]