Wednesday, February 9, 2005
A pre-trial hearing scheduled for the case of 15-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Sunnyside took a couple of twists and turns in the last week.
Aguilar will be tried in connection with the shooting death of his 11-year-old cousin, Nora Gonzalez, which occurred on Oct. 28, 2004. The Sunnyside teen faces first degree manslaughter and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm charges.
Aguilar had been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, but his defense attorney requested to come before the court last Friday, Feb. 4.
Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bill Eller said at the Feb. 4 hearing the defense asked to delay the pre-trial hearing that had been scheduled for yesterday. Prior to the motion last Friday, Aguilar had been scheduled to go on trial Monday, Feb. 14. The motion by the defense, which was approved by the court, delays the start of the actual trial phase of the case.
Aguilar will still appear in court on Monday, Feb. 14, at 8:45 a.m. in Yakima for a pre-trial hearing, said Eller.
Eller said the reason for the delay is to complete the mental health evaluation of Aguilar.
Aguilar and his cousin were at his home on South Fourth Street on Oct. 28 during school hours when the incident occurred. Aguilar, who was 14 years old at the time of the incident, is believed to have shot Gonzalez in the forehead. She later died from the gunshot wound at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.