An illegal immigrant is accused of beheading a 13-year-old special needs girl who witnessed him and another man assaulting her grandmother with a knife and leaving her to die in a graveyard, according to news reports.
Testimony delivered in a Huntsville, Alabama, courtroom on Friday indicated that the girl’s grandmother was involved with the Sinaloa cartel.
“Just days before Oralia Mendoza and her granddaughter, Mariah Lopez, were killed, Mendoza and three others went to pick up a batch of methamphetamine, Investigator Stacy Rutherford told a judge. After one of her drug cohorts became suspicious, the situation turned deadly,” AL.com reported.
“Israel Palomino, 34, and Yoni Aguilar, 26, are charged with two counts each of capital murder in the slayings of Mendoza and Lopez.”
Here’s how AL.com recounted the slayings.
“It was June 2 when Palomino, Aguilar, Mendoza and a woman named Leticia Garcia went to pick up a quarter kilo of meth in Norcross, Georgia, a small city northeast of Atlanta, authorities said.
“Something apparently went wrong during the trip, Rutherford told the court. It was Mendoza and Garcia who were tied to the cartel, and Palomino thought there might be a setup, the investigator testified.”
While the men told the grandmother that they were going to drive them somewhere safe, they instead took them to the cemetery, where — according to a confession by Aguilar — Mendoza and Palomino argued over the drug buy. The argument escalated and Palomino allegedly killed Mendoza, who died of “sharp force trauma caused by a knife.”
Lopez, meanwhile, was taken to a secluded area by Palomino and Aguilar after the murder of Mendoza.
According to Aguilar’s testimony, Palomino ordered him to kill the 13-year-old girl.
“Aguilar told investigators he was holding the knife when Palomino came up to him and moved his arm back and forth in a sawing motion,” AL.com reported. “Lopez was beheaded, Rutherford testified.”
WAAY-TV reports that two knives were found by investigators, one under Aguilar’s mattress and one under Palodino’s. They’re suspected to be the murder weapons. Investigators have also linked both men to the killings through their cellphones, since they pinged in the area of the killings when they happened.
At the hearing, District Judge Claude Hundley decided that there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury. Both are charged with capital murder.
You may not be surprised to learn that the two alleged killers aren’t U.S. citizens. The Daily Wire reports that Aguilar is in the country illegally, while Palodino is here on a green card. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency liberals love to hate, has filed a detainer request against Aguilar for being in the country illegally.
If only there was a way to stop illegal immigrants or individuals with intent to harm us from coming into our country. Something like stricter scrutiny from officials or building a wall or something. If only there was a party out there who was advocating these things, and if only that party controlled Congress and the White House.
Well, I’m stumped. I also can’t think of why the media isn’t reporting the beheading of a 13-year-old special needs girl as if it were national news. They usually like sensational stories like this, particularly when they involve children.
I guess there are some things that will just always be a mystery.
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