YAKIMA - Sunnyside teen Antonio Aguilar is set to stand trial for his supposed involvement in an October 2004 shooting that left his 11-year-old cousin, Nora Gonzalez, dead.
Aguilar will stand trial Monday, April 25, on first degree manslaughter charges and a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18. Aguilar's trial is set to begin at 8:45 a.m.
The incident with which Aguilar is said to have been involved revolves around a shooting at a home on South Fourth Street Halloween weekend of last year. Police report that Gonzalez, her brother and Aguilar were at the South Fourth Street home when a string of events happened that eventually led to Gonzalez dying from a gunshot wound to the forehead. Gonzalez had only turned 11-years-old less than week prior to the incident.
Aguilar was eventually taken into custody and held at the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center, from where he later made bail.
Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bill Eller said at this past Friday's pre-trial hearing the defense made it known that they will be using a diminished capacity defense.
Eller said the county had been looking at postponing the trial until August because of scheduling conflicts with witnesses. However, Aguilar refused to waive his right to a speedy trial, resulting in the trial having to begin in April.
Eller said there will be a status hearing on the case Wednesday, April 13, where both sides will share and discuss any pretrial hearing issues.