Trial delayed for man accused of killing, raping Richland baby

Tri-City HeraldJuly 17, 2013 

— A Richland man charged with raping a 9-month-old girl, then killing the baby as her mother slept in a nearby room, now has a Nov. 4 trial date.

Jose Luis Aguilar, 36, waived his right to a speedy trial on Wednesday and agreed to the three-month delay. He briefly appeared in court with his attorney, Shelley Ajax.

Aguilar is charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree murder and first-degree rape of a child. The murder includes the aggravating circumstances that the baby, Serenity Jade Reedy, was too young to defend herself and that the crime had a destructive impact on additional people.

The baby was found dead in her crib the morning of June 7. Her skull was fractured and she had a cut and injuries to her vaginal area, court documents state.

Aguilar lived with the baby's mother, Jennifer Reedy, who told Richland police she didn't check on Serenity until 9:30 a.m. because it was normal for the girl to sleep late, documents said.

Aguilar allegedly left the home some time in the middle of the night. He later was arrested on a Greyhound bus in Barstow, Calif., after police tracked him using the GPS in his cellphone. He was within two hours of the Mexico border.

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