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Second capital murder charge filed against men accused of killing 13-year-old girl

Left: Yoni Martinez Aguilar Right: Israel Gonzalez Palomino (Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional capital murder charges against two men accused of killing 13-year-old Mariah Lopez.

Yoni Martinez Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, were both charged with First-degree Capital Murder of Two or More Victims. They already face First-degree Capital Murder of a Person Under the Age of 14 charges in connection to that investigation.

Lopez’s body was found June 7 in Owens Cross Roads. Both she and her grandmother Oralia Mendoza were reported missing earlier in the month.

Oralia Mendoza (left) Mariah Feit Lopez (right) Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities began a second murder investigation after another body was discovered 2 miles away in Moon Cemetary on Cave Springs Road.

At this time, authorities say a positive ID has not been made by forensics on the second set of remains, but they expect that identification to come soon.

Investigators were able to obtain warrants for the second charges based on information gathered during interviews and clothing that was with the second set of remains.

There has been no word or confirmation on whether the grandmother has been found.

 

A preliminary trial has been set for Aguilar on July 12, nothing on a murder charge for Palomino.