The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is the latest harrowing documentary series on Netflix. Across six episodes, the documentary tracks the criminal trial of Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre, who were accused of being responsible for the death of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. The series also exposes the numerous failings of the Los Angeles child protection services.
Is Gabriel Fernandez’s killer still alive? Did Isauro Aguirre die?
In 2018, Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre were found guilty of murdering eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, who died on May 24, 2013.
In 2012, Gabriel moved in with her mother and her boyfriend Isauro, known as Tony.
During his eight months of living there, the defenceless eight-year-old suffered a catalogue abuse.
When emergency services were called to his home in on May 22, 2013, he was found with a fractured skull, broken ribs and BB gun bullets in his skin, to name a few of his horrific injuries.
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He was declared brain dead and taken off life support on May, 24 2013.
Pearl entered a plea deal in February 2018, admitting to first-degree murder, sparing her the death penalty.
Her defence attorney had argued that due to her low IQ, the death penalty would be “inappropriate.”
Pearl is currently serving her life sentence at Chowchilla State Women’ Prison. She will never be released on parole or have the chance to appeal her sentence.
Isauro Aguirre stood trial before Pearl and was found guilty of first-degree murder with an additional special circumstance of intentional murder by torture on November 15, 2017.
His charges carried the death penalty and he is still alive, currently on death row at the infamous San Quentin Jail in California.
Isauro is one of 737 inmates on death row, the largest death row population in the western world.
Since 1976, only 13 executions have been carried out, with the last taking place in 2006 so Isauro’s execution is unlikely to take place anytime soon.
His death date has not yet been confirmed, and he is likely to die in prison rather than be executed.
The last felon to be put to death was as Clarence Ray Allen, who was administered a lethal injection on Jan. 17, 2006.
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Notable inmates on death row with Isauro include Richard Delmer Boyer, Eric Houston, Scott Peterson, Clarance Ray Allen and Ryan Hoyt.
Docu-series producer and former Los Angeles Times reporter Garrett Therolf told Oxygen.com that Aguirre was a former security guard. Before then he worked as a caregiver and driver at Woodland Park Retirement Hotel.
In the documentary, his former boss is seen giving character witness testimony.
She said: “He was quiet, he was just a down to earth nice person, always willing to help.
“The residents always wanted him to take care of them. I mean, he was like a teddy bear, the residents adored him. So did the staff.”
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According to NBC Los Angeles, a former co-worker described him in court as “He was extremely kind and sensitive and careful.”
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami described Isauro as “pure evil” and argued that the 32-year-old man who was 6ft 2inches tall and weighed 270 pounds tortured and killed eight-year-old Gabriel because he thought he was gay.
As seen in the documentary, presiding Superior Court Judge George G Lomeli at there sentencing hearing in 2018 told the Pearl and Isauro “I hope you think about the pain you caused this child and that it tortures you.”
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is streaming on Netflix now
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