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Testimony concludes in first day of Aguigui trial

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FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

Military prosecutors spent the first day of Pvt. Isaac Aguigui's trial painting the soldier as unhappily married, willing and able to kill his wife.

Aguigui stands accused of killing Sgt. Deirdra Aguigui in August 2011 in their home.

Michael Schaefer, a former soldier and former friend of Aguigui, testified the husband told him he wanted to "get rid" of his wife - especially when she learned she was pregnant.

Schaefer said Aguigui said he's looked for someone who would kill her for a share of the $500,000 life insurance policy. 

Aguigui told investigators that he'd fallen asleep on their couch after sex and he awoke to find her unconscious.

However, prosecutors told Col. Andrew Glass, the judge hearing their opening arguement, that Aguigui convinced his wife to let him handcuff her before having sex and Aguigui suffocated her while she was handcuffed.

A former domestic violence counselor at Fort Stewart testified that Deirdra filed a report months before her death, accusing her husband of physical and sexual abuse. However, she later told the counselor she did not wish to pursue further action.

Aguigui is already serving a life sentence in a civilian prison for two other murders. He pled guilty in the murders of Michael Roark and Roark's girlfriend Tiffany York.

Civilian prosecutors contended last year that Aguigui used the money from his wife's death to purchase weapons and establish a militia group and he killed Roark and York to keep the group hidden.

Prosecutors presented 17 witnesses on Monday. They will continue on Tuesday.

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