Girl witnessed attack night mother was killed in Oklahoma City, relative testifies

Noel Montes Sosa, 33, is on trial in the strangulation death of Sarita Aguilar, 27; Aguilar's daughter tells grandmother she tried to keep Sosa from choking her mother.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012

Sosa returned and “kept on choking her until she was dead,” the grandmother testified the girl said.

Child breaks down

The girl, now 9, took the stand Wednesday but broke down and started crying before answering a question and was removed as a witness, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys told jurors Sosa didn't kill Aguilar but did not offer another suspect.

Gustavo Calix, who was staying with the couple, testified through an interpreter Wednesday that he was awakened by yelling coming from an upstairs loft. Calix said he heard Sosa calling Aguilar a Spanish name for prostitute.

“Sarita, don't do this to me, don't do this to me,” Calix testified hearing Sosa say before Calix said he walked outside with the girl.

He said he didn't call police because Sosa threatened to kick him out if he did. A neighbor called 911.

The victim's sister testified about the couple's violent relationship, telling the jury the victim stayed with her for a couple of days after showing up with bruises and bite marks from the defendant. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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