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Trial continues for rape suspect

POSTED: April 25, 2013 1:11 a.m.

Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a Gainesville man charged with rape.

In addition to the four counts of rape, Jose Luis Aguilar faces two counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and seven counts each of incest, aggravated sexual battery and child molestation.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator Joel Edgerton testified along with Julie Battle, forensic interviewer from Brenau University, and a therapist from the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing in Gainesville, where the alleged victim received services.

The alleged crimes occurred multiple times between 2007 and 2011, according to the indictment.

Aguilar, court records show, was born in Texas but has lived in Gainesville since moving back in 2003.

Prosecuting the case is the chief assistant district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, Lindsay Burton.

Travis Williams, senior attorney at the public defender’s office, and co-counselor Clint Teston are representing Aguilar.

Another courtroom presence throughout the case is interpreter Melva Mendoza, who interprets all court business through a special device that transmits to headphones worn by Aguilar.

A matter unrelated to the case cut the day’s testimony a few hours early, around 4:45 p.m.

Jurors will reconvene today at 9 a.m. in Judge Andrew Fuller’s courtroom.


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