Wife was killed ‘to fund US militia group’

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MILITARY prosecutors will this week reveal why they believe that a pregnant US army sergeant was killed by her husband.

A military hearing starts tomorrow into the death of Deirdre Aguigui, who died in July 2011.

Her soldier husband, Private Isaac Aguigui, is accused of her murder.

His hearing will take place at the army installation at Fort Stewart, near Savannah, where the couple were both stationed.

The army charged the private with his wife’s murder and causing the death of his unborn child in April.

At this week’s hearing, evidence will be presented to prosecutors, including advising commanders on whether to seek a court martial for the 21-year-old.

It has previously been claimed that the soldier used insurance money from his wife’s death to buy weapons for an anti-US government militia group.

The Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, is expected to uncover even more twists.

Civilian prosecutors say Private Aguigui recruited disgruntled soldiers to commit thefts and buy weapons as part of a militia group that talked of bombing a park fountain in nearby Savannah and poisoning apple crops in Washington state.

Prosecutors say Private Aguigui funded the group with $500,000 (about £330,000) he received from his wife’s life insurance.

No details of how Sgt Aguigui died have been revealed. She was midway through her pregnancy and died days after finding out she was having a baby boy.

Her husband worked as an intelligence analyst in the army’s 3rd Infantry Division, while his wife was an army linguist. She became pregnant after returning from a deployment to Iraq.

Private Aguigui and two other soldiers based at Fort Stewart are already facing the death penalty for the double murder of a former member of their infantry unit and his teenage girlfriend.

They were both shot in the woods outside the army post just a few months after Private Aguigui’s wife died.

Authorities claim that the couple were killed because the soldier was about to leave the army and they knew a lot about the militia group.

It was while looking into their murders that prosecutors found evidence of the group, including information about possible terrorist plots across the United States.