For a second time this year, a jury trial has been delayed for a woman who allegedly helped a man cover up the murder of 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen.
Cecily Aguilar, 22, is facing two federal charges and was set to face a jury later this month. Now the timeline for jury selection to begin was pushed back to Jan. 19, 2021, according to court records on Monday.
On Nov. 6, Aguilar’s defense attorney filed a motion for continuance that was not opposed by U.S. prosecutors.
“Counsel is requesting more time to complete his review of discovery and investigation in this case,” according to the motion.
U.S. District Judge Alan Albright approved the motion on Monday.
Police said that Aguilar helped her boyfriend, Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, cover up the murder of Guillen that he committed in April.
Aguilar has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bond in the McLennan County Jail.
She was indicted on July 14 on one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence and two substantive counts of tampering with evidence.
If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas.
Months after Guillen was reported missing on April 23, her remains were discovered on June 30 by contractors working along the Leon River near Belton.
The criminal complaint alleges that Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, murdered Guillen on April 22 with a hammer and that Aguilar helped him attempt to “dispose of the body.”
Robinson died on July 1 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was confronted by Killeen police, officials said.
Aguilar initially lied to police to cover for Robinson, but later helped investigators by letting them record several phone conversations with him, according to the complaint.