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June 21, 2013

Trial date set in capital murder case

GREENVILLE — It will be early next year before one of two Campbell residents, charged with capital murder in connection with the 2011 death of a 2 year-old child, will stand trial.

A new trial date was set Thursday for Arturo Aguilar Vega Jr., following a hearing in the 354th District Court.

The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty for Vega and Gabriela Ortiz, should they be convicted of capital murder involving the death of Brandon Herrera.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Vega had jury selection scheduled in his trial last month, although the case was reset as it conflicted with the capital murder trial of Micah Crofford Brown.

During Thursday’s hearing, 354th District Court Judge Richard A. Beacom scheduled the start of Vega’s trial for Jan. 6, 2014.

Ortiz has trial scheduled for September 5.

Ortiz and Vega remain in custody at the Hunt County Jail, each in lieu of $2 million bond.

Documents released in the case show both Ortiz and Vega admitting to having caused injuries to Herrera prior to his July 18, 2011 death.

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