Protective Order Granted for Stabbing Victim, Online Translator Service Used for Proceedings

March 9, 2015 - Presiding Judge Charles Mitchell granted a Protective Order for applicant, Florentina Gonzalez against her spouse, Marcos Aguilar, on Friday, March 6, 2015 after Court used online translator service for Cause#15CV33014, Florentina Gonzalez and Marcos Aguilar.

Marcos AguilarDuring the proceedings, neither Gonzalez or Aguilar spoke fluent English. In order for the Court to communicate with both parties, Karen Warr, Administrative Assistant to the Shelby County District Court, setup an online translator to assist with communication between the Court and both parties. Judge Mitchell swore in the translator who then through visual/audio conference on a laptop provided translation for the Court.

Gary Rholes, attorney for Gonzales had her take the stand and tell by way of the online translator what occurred on Monday, January 5, 2015 the day her husband allegedly stabbed her. She also spoke briefly about events from the day before.

Following her statement, Aguilar who was present without an attorney and represented himself was given the opportunity to tell his side of the events which occurred on January 4th and 5th. He disputed some of the details given by Gonzales; however, when asked by Rholes if he stabbed Gonzales, he replied, " Sí ".

Following hearing of evidence, the Court approved the Protective Order having found that all prerequisites of the law had been satisfied and that the Court had jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter of the case. The order prohibits Aguilar from committing family violence, as defined in section 71.004 of the Texas Family Code, he must not go near or within 500 feet of Gonzalez, as well as additional guidelines laid out in the order. The Protective Order shall remain in full force and effect until March 6, 2016.

The case against Aguilar has not yet been presented to a grand jury for indictment. He was taken into custody the same day as the stabbing incident and booked into the Shelby County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a bond was set at $100,000 by JP 1 Maxie Eaves. As of March 6th, Aguilar has not made bond.