Investigator: Girl was beheaded after seeing grandmother die

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 22:47:18-04

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a 13-year-old Alabama girl with special needs was beheaded after she saw her grandmother killed in a cemetery. reports that the details emerged Thursday in a Madison County court during a preliminary hearing for 26-year-old Yoni Aguilar.
He and 34-year-old Israel Palomino are charged with two counts each of capital murder in the June slayings of 49-year-old Oralia Mendoza and her granddaughter, Mariah Lopez.
Authorities testified that Mendoza was associated with a drug cartel.
Investigators say the men drove the victims to a cemetery June 4 and Mendoza was fatally stabbed following an argument over a drug buy. According to police, Aguilar told investigators that Palomino then forced him to kill the girl in a secluded area because she was a witness.
It’s unclear whether Palomino or Aguilar has an attorney.

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