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Soldier to face court-martial in wife’s death

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — An Army soldier accused of funding an anti-government militia group with more than $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the death of his pregnant wife will face a court-martial on charges that he murdered her, Fort Stewart officials said Wednesday.

Military authorities say Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui struggled violently against handcuffs cutting into her wrists before she died in July 2011 from a lack of oxygen, likely because she was being held in a chokehold. Her husband, Army Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, has already pleaded guilty to two unrelated counts of murder two months ago in a Georgia civilian court, where he avoided the death penalty by agreeing to serve life in prison without parole.

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