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.