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« Reply #660 on: May 03, 2017, 10:00:49 PM »

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Defense-Attorney-Sierra-LaMar-is-Just-Missing-Not-Dead-421231473.html

Sierra LaMar is Just Missing, Not Dead, Defense Attorney Says
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 20 minutes ago

Sierra LaMar is just missing, not dead, defense attorneys told jurors Wednesday during their closing argument in the capital murder trial of the man accused of killing the Morgan Hill teenager five years ago.

The defense team for Antolin Garcia Torres, 26, said the evidence collected was compromised and then tried to make a point that if Sierra is dead, someone other than the defendant killed her.

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In the San Jose courtroom, defense attorney Al Lopez hauled out what he called a "shame bucket," dropping a ball into it. He was trying to make a point that the prosecution had delivered unreliable evidence.
 
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« Reply #661 on: May 03, 2017, 10:08:49 PM »

http://abc7news.com/news/defense-wraps-up-closing-arguments-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial/1950637/

Defense wraps up closing arguments in Sierra LaMar murder trial
Updated 1 hr 14 mins ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- There is only one more step left before a San Jose jury decides if Antolin Garcia-Torres, 26, kidnapped and murdered Sierra LaMar.

The prosecution next gets to do a rebuttal Thursday after the defense wrapped up closing arguments Wednesday afternoon.

TIMELINE: Sierra LaMar kidnapping, murder case

Prosecutor David Boyd finished his closing argument Wednesday morning, pointing the finger at Garcia-Torres for allegedly killing LaMar, based on DNA evidence. Garcia-Torres is also charged with three attempted kidnappings outside Morgan Hill grocery stores in 2009 that Boyd believes provided practice for kidnapping LaMar.

Boyd told the jury: "Do not reward the defendant for his cunning and success in silencing Sierra LaMar."
 
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« Reply #662 on: May 04, 2017, 06:10:28 PM »

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/05/04/jury-begins-deliberations-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial/

Jury Begins Deliberations In Sierra LaMar Murder Trial
May 4, 2017 11:49 AM

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Jury deliberations began Thursday morning in the trial of Antolin Garcia-Torres, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar.

The judge gave the jury instructions prior to handing the case over for deliberations shortly before 11 a.m.
 

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« Reply #663 on: May 05, 2017, 07:28:21 PM »

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Jury-Deliberations-Enter-Second-Day-in-Sierra-LaMar-Murder-Case-421464923.html

Jury Deliberations Enter Second Day in Sierra LaMar Murder Case
Published at 9:47 AM PDT on May 5, 2017 | Updated at 9:48 AM PDT on May 5, 2017

The fate of Antolin Garcia Torres, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar, is now in the hands of a jury.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday afternoon. They could take days or weeks to reach a verdict. If they find Garcia Torres guilty, the jurors must then decide whether or not to sentence him to death. If he is deemed not guilty, the suspect can never again be tried in connection with LaMar's death — even if new evidence surfaces.
 

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tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 5h  5 hours ago 
SIERRA LAMAR deliberations update, see story: https://wp.me/p7ShJJ-j7A7  #SierraLaMar
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« Reply #664 on: May 05, 2017, 09:10:02 PM »


Justice for Sierra!  

 

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« Reply #665 on: May 08, 2017, 07:53:15 PM »

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/05/08/jurors-reach-verdict-in-sierra-lamar-murder-trial/

Jurors Reach Verdict In Sierra LaMar Murder Trial
May 8, 2017 4:52 PM

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Jurors in the Sierra LaMar murder trial have reached a verdict, Santa Clara County Superior Court officials announced Monday afternoon.

The verdict will be read in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at San Jose’s Santa Clara Hall of Justice.
 
If Garcia-Torres is found guilty, the jurors will weigh the aggravating and mitigating factors and select between death and life without the possibility of parole.

Both sides would be allowed to present evidence during this phase of the trial.
 
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« Reply #666 on: May 08, 2017, 08:00:29 PM »

http://abc7news.com/news/officials-say-decision-reached-in-sierra-lamar-verdict/1969553/

Officials say decision reached in Sierra LaMar verdict
Updated 11 mins ago
 
Garcia-Torres faces four felony counts. Count 1 is for the murder and kidnap of Sierra LaMar.

Counts 2, 3 and 4 pertain to the attempted kidnap of three adult women in the parking lots of two Safeway stores in Morgan Hill, where Garcia-Torres once worked. The three women victims did not identify Garcia-Torres in a lineup. The prosecution, however, argued that these 2009 incidents were trial runs for what led to LaMar's kidnapping and murder.

RELATED: Sierra LaMar murder trial focus turns to DNA evidence

The jury will render separate verdicts for each of the four counts. If Garcia-Torres is found guilty of count 1, the case will move to a second phase in which the same jury must decide whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.
 
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« Reply #667 on: May 08, 2017, 08:05:53 PM »

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tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 1h  1 hour ago 

If he is convicted, #SierraLaMar judge will give lawyers up to 1 week to prepare for penalty phase, which def says cd last up to 3 weeks.
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« Reply #668 on: May 09, 2017, 11:55:08 AM »

 

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tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 12m  12 minutes ago 
Penalty phase to begin TUES, May 16. #SierraLaMar

tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 12m  12 minutes ago 
GUILTY on all charges. Penalty phase to follow for life w/o parole or death penalty, not clear when. #SierraLaMar

tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 14m  14 minutes ago 
GUILTY of 3 attempt kidnappings during Commission of carjacking.  #SierraLaMar
 
tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 15m  15 minutes ago 
GUILTY of special circ, during commission of kidnappings#SierraLaMar

tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport · 15m  15 minutes ago 
GUILTY OF first degree murder #SierraLaMar
 
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« Reply #669 on: May 09, 2017, 02:09:27 PM »

So thankful for the verdicts in this case, hoping Sierra's family can finally find some measure of peace.
Still hoping her remains will be found too.


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"We won't give up on you, Natalee.  You didn't give up on us, and we will continue with the investigation until we have all of the answers to your disappearance.  God be with you my Natalee!" Dave Holloway ARUBA
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« Reply #670 on: May 09, 2017, 08:47:33 PM »

So thankful for the verdicts in this case, hoping Sierra's family can finally find some measure of peace.
Still hoping her remains will be found too.


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« Reply #671 on: May 09, 2017, 08:54:59 PM »

Videos at the link

http://kron4.com/2017/05/09/antolin-garcia-torres-found-guilty-of-murdering-morgan-hill-teen-sierra-lamar/

Antolin Garcia-Torres found guilty of murdering Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar
 Published: May 9, 2017, 9:13 am  |  Updated: May 9, 2017, 4:05 pm
 
Garcia-Torres showed no emotion as he heard his guilty verdict.

Sierra’s parents fought back tears as they listened.

“Nothing will take away the pain and sorrow…but we have been praying for this kind of ending. Justice,” Marlene LaMar, Sierra’s mother, said in a press conference after the verdict announcement.

“A guilty verdict helps, but there is no closure,” Steve LaMar, Sierra’s father said as he also thanked god, the prosecution, and the jury for finding Garcia-Torres guilty.

“We’ll still search until we find something,” Steve LaMar said. Sierra’s body still has yet been found.
 
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« Reply #672 on: May 15, 2017, 09:56:27 PM »

http://abc7news.com/news/hearing-over-psychological-evaluation-for-antolin-garcia-torres-to-be-held/1995755/

Hearing over psychological evaluation for Antolin Garcia-Torres to be held
Updated 1 hr 21 mins ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The penalty phase begins Tuesday to determine the sentence for Antolin Garcia-Torres for the kidnap and murder of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar, who disappeared on March 16, 2012 on her way to school. She has never been found.

Prosecution and defense attorneys were in the courtroom of Judge Vanessa Zecher Monday morning to go over rules for their opening statements and for other procedural matters without the jury present.

The main disagreement is over allowing prosecutor David Boyd to have a psychologist do a separate evaluation of the convicted killer, just as the defense has done with its own psychologist. However, the judge did not render a decision on Monday. She is asking the defense's psychologist to appear in court Wednesday, again without the jury present, to outline what she discussed with Garcia-Torres during a one-hour meeting and what conclusions, if any, she reached.
 
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« Reply #673 on: May 16, 2017, 11:16:56 PM »

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/05/16/sierra-lamar-murder-penalty-phase-opening-arguments-antolin-garcia-torres/

Penalty Phase Underway For Killer In Sierra LaMar Trial
May 16, 2017 1:28 PM

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The convicted murderer of missing teenager Sierra LaMar fashioned a noose out of a plastic sandwich bag while in custody last month, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy testified in court Tuesday afternoon.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 26, was convicted on May 9 of the first-degree murder of the 15-year-old in 2012 as well as the attempted kidnappings of three women in 2009.

Tuesday morning marked the beginning of the penalty phase of the months-long trial, in which the jury is set to determine whether to impose either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
 
The jury is set to return on Wednesday afternoon, after a morning hearing to go over the inclusion of testimony regarding psychological assessment of Garcia-Torres.



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« Reply #674 on: May 17, 2017, 10:27:04 PM »

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Twist-in-Sierra-LaMar-Trial-Previous-Overturned-Murder-Conviction--422865974.html

Twist in Sierra LaMar Trial: Previous Overturned Murder Conviction
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 57 minutes ago

A new development in the Sierra LaMar murder trial was revealed Wednesday, and it could get convicted killer Antolin Garcia Torres a new trial or help him in appeal, a legal expert says.

A judge recently overturned a murder verdict in another case after determining the lead detective gave false testimony. That same detective was a key witness and investigator in the Sierra LaMar trial.
 
On Wednesday, during the penalty phase for Garcia Torres, the jury heard tearful testimony from two of Sierra's friends and her sister Danielle.

The same jury that convicted Garcia Torres of first-degree murder last week must decide whether he gets the death penalty or serves life in prison without parole.

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Sierra's parents are expected to testify Thursday

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 17
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« Reply #675 on: May 18, 2017, 09:51:54 PM »

http://kron4.com/2017/05/18/sierra-lamars-mothers-cries-on-stand-as-penalty-phase-continues/

Sierra LaMar’s mothers cries as she remembers her daughter during penalty phase
By Emily Kirschenheuter, KRON and Rob Fladeboe
Published: May 18, 2017, 10:28 am  |  Updated: May 18, 2017, 4:08 pm

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — The prosecution rested its case Thursday morning in the penalty phase of the months-long trial in the murder of Sierra LaMar, wrapping up three days of victim impact testimony with distraught statements from the missing teenager’s parents.

Following the presentation of evidence by the defense next week, the same jury who on May 9 found 26-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres guilty of the 2012 murder and three attempted kidnappings in 2009 will decide whether to impose the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors seeking to execute Garcia-Torres put Marlene and Steve LaMar, Sierra LaMar’s parents, on the stand to give their statements.
 

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 18

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« Reply #676 on: May 22, 2017, 10:19:09 PM »

http://kron4.com/2017/05/22/defense-sierra-lamars-killer-was-exposed-to-harmful-pesticides/

Defense: Sierra LaMar’s killer was exposed to harmful pesticides
Published: May 22, 2017, 3:10 pm  |  Updated: May 22, 2017, 4:13 pm

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — The defense of Sierra LaMar’s convicted killer, Antolin Garcia-Torres, is arguing that he may have been exposed to harmful pesticides, like perchlorates and “possibly” mercury.
 

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 22

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« Reply #677 on: May 23, 2017, 09:01:16 PM »

http://www.morganhilltimes.com/news/sierra-lamar-trial-killer-s-family-asks-for-life/article_ce4a8ab0-400f-11e7-959c-4bdb670a797d.html

Sierra LaMar trial: Killer’s family asks for life
Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:30 pm

Convicted murderer Antolin Garcia Torres suffered the loss of close family members and might have been exposed to pesticides and harmful toxins in the tap water when he was growing up in impoverished conditions in South County, according to testimony in the Sierra LaMar trial this week. His father was reportedly an alcoholic who often abused his mother in front of the kids, and was frequently absent from the home while the defendant was growing up.
 
Relatives of Garcia Torres, 26 of Morgan Hill, took the witness stand this week as his attorneys began their quest for a sentence of life in prison in the trial’s penalty phase.
 
Laura Torres, Antolin’s mother, tearfully professed her unconditional love for her son when asked on the stand May 22 why the jury should decline to give him the death penalty.
 
Questions about deputy’s testimony

On May 24, Judge Vanessa Zecher is expected to hear a motion from the defense to consider the ramifications of the testimony of a sheriff’s deputy who testified against Garcia Torres during the guilt phase of the trial, according to a May 23 report from the San Jose Mercury News.

The same deputy, Sgt. Herman Leon, gave false testimony in a previous case in which the judge later set aside the two defendants’ guilty verdicts, the Mercury News report says.

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 23
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« Reply #678 on: May 24, 2017, 09:41:46 PM »

http://kron4.com/2017/05/24/toxicologist-testifies-on-sierra-lamars-killers-pesticide-exposure/

VIDEO: Toxicologist testifies on Sierra LaMar killer’s pesticide exposure
Published: May 24, 2017, 2:21 pm  |  Updated: May 24, 2017, 4:03 pm

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — A toxicologist took the stand Wednesday during the penalty phase of the murder trial to address whether exposure to harmful pesticides might have affected Sierra LaMar’s convicted killer.
 

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 24
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« Reply #679 on: May 25, 2017, 09:45:51 PM »

http://kron4.com/2017/05/25/video-defense-may-pursue-new-trial-for-sierra-lamar-murderer/

VIDEO: Defense may pursue new trial for Sierra LaMar murderer
Published: May 25, 2017, 3:43 pm

SAN JOSE (BCN) — As jurors prepare to deliberate next week on whether to impose the death penalty or life without parole for the convicted murderer of missing teen Sierra LaMar, his defense attorneys may pursue a new trial, they said outside of the Hall of Justice in San Jose Thursday morning.

Al Lopez, defense attorney for 26-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres, confirmed that a possible future trial was the reason his team had opted not to inform the jury that the lead sheriff’s investigator on the case was recently found to have given false testimony in a 2009 murder trial.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vanessa Zecher ruled Wednesday to allow the defense to present evidence of impeachment of Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Herman Leon, but the defense ultimately opted not to call Leon to the stand.

“Strategy is fluid,” defense attorney Brian Matthews said.
 
Attorneys were set to hold a hearing outside the presence of the jury Thursday afternoon to determine the deliberation instructions that will be read to jurors on Tuesday, after closing arguments in the penalty phase are made.

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on May 25
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