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Investigator: Girl was Beheaded After Seeing Grandmother Die

Investigator: Girl was Beheaded After Seeing Grandmother Die Photo: MGNonline.

July 14, 2018 10:51 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old Alabama girl with special needs was beheaded after she saw her grandmother killed in a cemetery.
    
Al.com reports that the details emerged Thursday in a Madison County court during a preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Yoni Aguilar.
    
He and 34-year-old Israel Palomino are charged with two counts each of capital murder in the June slayings of 49-year-old Oralia Mendoza and her granddaughter, Mariah Lopez.
    
Authorities testified that Mendoza was associated with a drug cartel.
    
Investigators say the men drove the victims to a cemetery June 4 and Mendoza was fatally stabbed following an argument over a drug buy. According to police, Aguilar told investigators that Palomino then forced him to kill the girl in a secluded area because she was a witness.
    
It's unclear whether Palomino or Aguilar has an attorney.

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