"Sgt. Aguigui never had a chance to fight back because she never saw it coming," Lapir said.
Civilian prosecutors say Aguigui used the insurance money to buy guns and bomb components for an anti-government militia group he started by recruiting other disgruntled soldiers. Aguigui pleaded guilty in a civilian court last summer to murder charges in the slayings of a former soldier and his girlfriend eight months after his wife died. Civilian prosecutors say he ordered their slayings to protect the group.
Aguigui is already serving a sentence of life without parole at a
Testimony in pretrial hearings showed the Army was delayed in bringing charges because the military's autopsy failed to identify a cause of death for
"He told me he had strangled her with a bag," Schaefer said. "He handcuffed her, put a bag over her head and strangled her" while also sexually assaulting her.
Schaefer said he was afraid to speak up until Army prosecutors granted him immunity from prosecution in
Investigators arrested Aguigui and three other soldiers — Sgt.