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Aguigui, soldiers charged in militia case back in court

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Fort Stewart soldier Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, charged for the murder of his pregnant wife back in 2011, had a hearing before a court-martial Friday.

The government wants to get statements from Aguigui's wife admited into evidence. The defense also requested more time to interview witnesses. 

Auguigi requested that the judge make the decision rather than a jury. 

Aguigui was the leader of an anti-government militia group investigators say is responsible for two other murders. Aguigui pled guilty to those murder charges back in July.

The other two soldiers charged for murder in that case were back in Long County court Friday as well.

Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon were part of Aguigui's militia group and are charged with the murders of Michael Roark and Tiffany York. Investigators say they killed the couple to protect the organization's goals.

Friday was a pretrial hearing in Long County, mainly because new legal council was appointed. Both soliders and their lawyers were presented with the procedural documents necessary when the state intends to seek the death penalty, which they plan to do in this case.

Peden's lawyers also told the court he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from combat while serving in Afghanistan.

The District Attorney says the next step will be an arraingment date and then dates for motion hearings.

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