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Hearing for Fort Stewart soldier accused of murder wraps up

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Isaac Aguigui (Source: Liberty Co. Jail) Isaac Aguigui (Source: Liberty Co. Jail)

The second and final day of a military hearing for a soldier charged with murdering his wife, who was also a soldier, wrapped up Tuesday afternoon on Fort Stewart.

Tuesday's hearing featured testimony from two special agents and a forensic pathologist. Investigators will use this information to determine whether the case will be court-martialed, and if the Army will seek the death penalty against Isaac Aguigui. Aguigui is charged for the July 2011 murder of his wife, Deirdre, and their unborn child.

In Tuesday's hearing, Special Agent Jeremy T. Foxx, CID, testified that he was aware of troubles in Isaac and Deirdre's marriage. Foxx interviewed Aguigui who admitted he and his wife had rough sex, but a friend of the couple said Isaac physically and sexually abused Deirdre.

Special Agent Justin J. Kapinus, CID, testified that police confirmed Aguigui bought Potassium Iodide while in South Carolina right before his wife's murder. They then found the bottle 3/4 empty in the medicine cabinet in the couple's home. Deirdre is allergic to Potassium iodide, however the autopsy confirms that did not cause her death.

The most in-depth testimony came from Dr. James Downs. In nearly three hours of cross examination, graphic pictures of cuts and bruises all over Deirdre's body were shown. Dr. Downs was not present during the initial autopsy, but based on the pictures, he said he believes Deirdre died from asphyxiation.

The defense claims the bruises and cuts were caused by consensual, rough sex between the two right before Deirdre's death. The say Aguigui came home on July 17, 2011 and found her dead.

All of this testimony now goes to the lead investigator who will make a recommendation to the Grand Marshall.

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