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Ga. soldier to face court-martial in wife's death

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia soldier accused of funding an anti-government militia group with insurance money from his pregnant wife's death will face a court-martial on charges that he killed her.

Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said Wednesday commanders decided to try Pvt. Isaac Aguigui on charges of premeditated murder after reviewing evidence from a July preliminary hearing. Prosecutors say the soldier's pregnant wife, Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui, was bound with handcuffs when she died from lack of oxygen, likely from being choked, in July 2011.

Fort Stewart commanders opted not to seek the death penalty for Aguigui.

Aguigui has already been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty two months ago to civilian murder charges in the deaths of former soldier Michael York and his girlfriend, Tiffany York.

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