Trial Begins for the Murder of Gabriel Fernandez

Trial Begins For Man Accused of Murdering Girlfriend's Son 'Because He Thought He Was Gay' - blogged by @baetoven_

The trial of Isauro Aguirre, the 37-year-old who is charged with murder for torturing and killing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son, has begun in Los Angeles.

Aguirre is accused of dousing Gabriel Fernandez in pepper spray, biting him, forcing him to eat his own vomit and feces, burning him with cigarettes, starving him, shooting him with a BB gun and beating him, alongside Gabriel's mother Pearl Fernandez. Prosecutors argue that Aguirre, who also reportedly made Gabriel wear girls clothes to school, abused the boy over an 8-month period because he thought he was gay.

First responders found Gabriel gagged and restrained in a cabinet in his Palmdale, California home on May 22, 2013. He was taken off life support two days later after doctors determined he had no brain activity. Defense attorneys acknowledge that Aguirre tortured Gabriel, but insisted the death was accidental and that the abuse only happened after the boy told his mom to leave Aguirre, propelling him into a violent rage.

Fernandez has also been charged with capital murder and will be tried separately. If convicted, they face the death penalty.

Four Los Angeles County social workers who were assigned to Gabriel's case also face child abuse charges, and charges for falsifying public records.


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