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Aguilar's lawyer to use diminished capacity defense

Pre-trial motions against 15-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Sunnyside will be heard April 1.

Aguilar is facing charges in the shooting death of his 11-year-old cousin, Nora Gonzalez. Aguilar is being charged with first degree manslaughter and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the Oct. 28, 2004 shooting death of his cousin.

Yakima County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bill Eller said during a pre-trial hearing yesterday (Monday) that the attorney for Aguilar made it known for the first time he would be using a diminished capacity defense for his client. Eller said this line of defense comes after Aguilar's attorney had Aguilar undergo a mental health evaluation.

Eller said pre-trial motions in the case will now be heard on April 1 while the prosecution is allowed to conduct its own mental health evaluation of Aguilar.

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