Mariah Lopez, 13, and her grandmother Oralia Mendoza, 49, were killed on June 4 in Moon Cemetery outside of Huntsville, Alabama
New details emerged in court on Thursday in hearings for the two men charged
Yoni Aguilar, 26, and Israel Palomino, 34, are both charged with capital murder
Mendoza had dated Palomino in the past, but was currently dating and living with Aguilar at the time of her death
Prosecutors say grandma Oralia Mendoza, was tied to the Sinaloa Cartel
Slaying followed a dispute over a meth score between granny and Investigators say the men then drove the victims to a cemetery and Mendoza was fatally stabbed in front of her granddaughter Mariah
Aguilar told investigators that Palomino then forced him to kill the teen by beheading her in a secluded area because she was a witness.
Police found two knives tied to the murders – one under Palomino’s mattress, and the other under Aguilar’s
The two women were both linked to the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, investigators said.
Based in Mexico, the cartel was long run by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, who is now in custody in the US pending trial.
The grandmother had previously dated Palominio and was living with and dating Aguilar at the time of her death.
The two men became suspicious of a double-cross when Palomino discovered that the grandma had removed a SIM card from her cell phone, and had sent texts to a mystery number during the drug run to Georgia, cops said.
Grandmother Oralia Mendoza, [photo], was Mariah’s main guardian. She was also a drug runner associated with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel which ultimately led to he death and that of her grand-daughter
Based in Mexico, the cartel was long run by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán [photo], who is now in custody in the US pending trial
Although Mendoza was Mariah’s main guardian. Investigators say her ultimate undoing was her role as a drug runner associated with the Sinaloa Cartel