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Victim's parents testify at soldier's sentencing

Pvt. Isaac Aguigui Pvt. Isaac Aguigui
Sgt. Dierdra Aguigui Sgt. Dierdra Aguigui

The parents of a slain soldier testified at the sentencing for the soldier and husband accused in her 2011 death.

Pvt. Isaac Aguigui was convicted by a military judge Thursday afternoon in the death of his pregnant wife. He was found guilty of suffocating his pregnant wife Sgt. Dierdra Aguigui in July 2011 in their home on Fort Stewart. Aguigui told investigators then that his wife died during sex. ​At that time, he collected a $500,000 life insurance policy.

Both of Deirdra Aguigui's parents testified in the sentencing phase. Alma and Christine Wetzker talked about the shock of losing their daughter. They talked about her role in the family as a leader and helping with siblings who are autistic.

They also talked about the grief of losing the unborn baby that would have been their first grandchild. Defense will get the opportunity to present witnesses and or evidence at 2:15 p.m.

Dierdra Aguigui's cause of death was previously ruled undetermined. Civilian prosecutors claimed Aguigui used the insurance money to finance a militia group. Aguigui's arrest in two other murders prompted military investigators to re-evaluate her death and eventually charge him with murder. He is already serving a life sentence for the murder of a former soldier and the soldier's girlfriend in December 2011.

Prosecutors wrapped their case on Wednesday and the defense started presenting their case.

Defense attorneys said the medical evidence points more toward natural causes than homicide. A military judge is not deliberating. They called only one witness - a medical expert.

He testified that Aguigui's wife was known to have an elevated heart rate and that her death may have been the result of a sudden heart attack. The military's official autopsy report determined that no cause of death could be found.

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