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August 23, 2013

Capital murder trial postponed

Otiz now set for trial in January 2014

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

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

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection in Ortiz’s trial had been scheduled early next month in the 354th District Court. But the case was reset this week, with jury selection now scheduled to begin on Jan. 6, 2014.

Vega’s trial is also scheduled for January.

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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