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June 20, 2013

Trial date to be set in capital murder case

GREENVILLE — A hearing is set in state district court today for one of 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.

A hearing is scheduled this morning in the 354th District Court, at which time Judge Richard A. Beacom is expected to set a trial date for Vega.

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.

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.

The indictments issued by the Hunt County grand jury allege Herrera died as the result of blunt force trauma, choking/strangling or smothering.

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