Woman charged in connection with disappearance of Vanessa Guillen set to appear in court

Calls for justice in the Vanessa Guillen case
Calls for justice in the Vanessa Guillen case

WACO, Texas – The woman arrested in connection with the disappearance of Fort. Hood soldier, Vanessa Guillen is expected to appear in court Monday.

Cecily Aguilar, 22, is accused of tampering with evidence and will be appearing for her preliminary hearing in Waco.

Aaron Robinson, who is believed to have killed Guillen reportedly asked his estranged wife, Aguilar, for help dismembering and attempting to burn Guillen’s body, officials said.

Robinson died on Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

According to Aguilar, Robinson killed Guillen “by striking her in the head with a hammer while on Ft. Hood on April 22.”

Investigators said Aguilar told them Robinson transferred Guillen’s body to a remote site in Bell County and asked her for help to dispose of the body.

Guillen’s remains were found on Tuesday and were positively identified as the missing soldier on Sunday.

In an interview with CNN, the family attorney, Natalie Khawam said the remains were difficult to identify with a dental examination.

“They couldn’t determine if it was her because Vanessas’s face was bashed in so badly there were no teeth for them to identify,” Khawam said. “That’s why they had to send to her body to Dover Air Force base to be examined.”

During a vigil in Houston Sunday, friends said that they will always remember Vanessas’s strong spirit.

“She was very strong,” said Carino Briseno. “She was very bold minded.”

Aguilar is set to remain in custody after her court appearance.

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