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« Reply #640 on: February 22, 2017, 08:21:14 PM »

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Sierra LaMar: Missing girl, accused killer, linked by friends? 
PUBLISHED: February 22, 2017 at 11:42 am | UPDATED: February 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

SAN JOSE — Testimony by one of the lead investigators in the capital murder trial of the man accused of killing missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar revealed for the first time Wednesday that the two might be linked by friends, a revelation that could undermine the prosecution’s DNA-based case.

The prosecution’s case against Antolin Garcia-Torres relies largely on genetic evidence: finding DNA consistent with his on Sierra’s abandoned pants, and DNA consistent with hers in his car, including on a hair on a rope in the trunk. Garcia-Torres told police he’s never met Sierra.

But under questioning by Garcia-Torres’ lawyer, Al Lopez, on Wednesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Herman Leon acknowledged he has interviewed at least one person who indicated that Sierra and Garcia-Torres had mutual acquaintances.

On further questioning in Santa Clara County Superior Court by prosecutor David Boyd, Leon said he has no evidence Sierra’s friends were also friends with Garcia-Torres. She was 15 when she disappeared and he was 21. But Leon explained that a friend of Sierra’s had a sister who said she knew another person who was friends with Garcia-Torres.
 

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« Reply #641 on: February 27, 2017, 09:57:31 PM »

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Sierra LaMar Murder Trial: Both Sides Focus on Hair Found in Defendant's Car
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A battle of experts took place Monday in the Sierra LaMar murder trial as both sides focused on a strand of hair found in the defendant's car.

The prosecution had its crime lab analyst testify about the hair that was found on a rope inside Antolin Garcia Torres' car, and the defense countered with questions about whether the critical piece of evidence was compromised.
 
The Santa Clara County crime lab analyst that took the stand Monday testified that the hair found on a rope recovered from the back of Garcia Torres' car contained Sierra's DNA. It's critical to the prosecution's case because Garcia Torres insists he never met Sierra, and his defense attorneys say the girl is a runaway and still alive. "If the defense can show that the evidence was cross contaminated, that would be a severe problem for the prosecution," legal analyst Steven Clark said.
 

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« Reply #642 on: February 28, 2017, 07:51:48 PM »

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Sierra LaMar: Trial takes a break for sick juror during key evidence testimony 
PUBLISHED: February 28, 2017 at 11:29 am | UPDATED: February 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

SAN JOSE — As witnesses described handling key evidence Tuesday in the capital murder trial of the man accused of killing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, a juror’s illness prompted the judge to suspend the afternoon’s testimony.

Judge Vanessa Zecher canceled the afternoon trial session after a juror sent a note complaining of influenza symptoms.
 

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« Reply #643 on: March 02, 2017, 08:26:17 PM »

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Defense tries to cast doubt on DNA in Sierra LaMar murder case
Published 5:42 pm, Thursday, March 2, 2017

Attorneys for a man on trial in the kidnapping and slaying of South Bay teenager Sierra LaMar tried to poke holes in the prosecution’s case Thursday by raising the possibility that DNA from a person unconnected to a murder can show up at a crime scene.

While cross-examining Santa Clara County criminologist Michele Bell, an attorney for defendant Antolin Garcia-Torres, 25, asked about a local murder in which an innocent man’s DNA was found on the victim.
  
But when defense attorney Bicka Barlow started to asked Bell about the old murder case, prosecutor David Boyd quickly requested a sidebar with the judge, who later instructed the Santa Clara County jury to disregard Barlow’s line of questioning.
 

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« Reply #644 on: March 07, 2017, 11:30:06 PM »

Court coverage...tweets during the trial on March 7

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tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport  · 12h  12 hours ago 
#SierraLaMar trial resumes, week 6, Tues., 3/7/17. Criminalist Bell back on stand.
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« Reply #645 on: March 09, 2017, 09:25:45 PM »

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Sierra LaMar: Safeway manager testifies about bleach, stun gun battery
Safeway manager testified that accused man bought bleach at a Morgan Hill store

TRACEY KAPLAN | tkaplan@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: March 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm | UPDATED: March 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

SAN JOSE — A Safeway manager testified Thursday that the man accused of killing missing teen Sierra LaMar bought bleach twice at a Morgan Hill store, undermining the prosecution’s contention that the suspect made only one purchase shortly before she vanished to erase his DNA from her body in case it was ever found.

But the asset protection manager, Jeffrey Scales, also gave testimony that undercut Antolin Garcia-Torres’ explanation for how his fingerprint got on a stun gun battery used during an attempted kidnapping of a woman prior to Sierra’s disappearance.

 

At several points since the capital trial began six weeks ago, prosecutor David Boyd has focused on the fact that Garcia-Torres, who once worked at the Tennant Station Safeway, bought a jug of bleach and a turkey baster three days before Sierra vanished.

Garcia-Torres’ former live-in girlfriend, for instance, testified under questioning by Boyd that Garcia-Torres never did the laundry, casting more suspicion on the purchase. Defense lawyer Al Lopez, on the other hand, contended Garcia-Torres used the turkey baster to extract THC from marijuana and the bleach to do laundry.

Scales gave testimony Thursday that supported Lopez’s explanation, citing Safeway records. Garcia-Torres also bought a jug of bleach and a smaller bottle of lavender-scented bleach on Jan. 19, 2012, about two months earlier, he said.

As for the fingerprint on the stun gun battery, Lopez told the jury during opening statements that Garcia-Torres had nothing to do with the 2009 parking lot attacks. The fingerprint was discovered on the battery after the assailant dropped the stun gun.

Lopez said Garcia-Torres’ print got there because he frequently re-shelved items with torn packaging, including 9-volt batteries. Garcia-Torres worked at Safeway as a “courtesy clerk,”  workers who — among other duties — bag items for shoppers.

But Scales testified that Safeway didn’t re-shelve open packages until July of 2012. Instead, the chain sent such “damaged” products back to the manufacturer or discarded them. About four months after Sierra disappeared, the chain began to re-sell open packages of batteries at a 50 percent discount, he said.

Lopez pointed out that Scales wasn’t transferred to the Northern California branch of the chain until July, so he may not have been familiar with the store’s actual practice.

But Scales said he had a clear memory of the change, saying it was significant enough for the chain to broadcast it via a Power Point presentation at every store.

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« Reply #646 on: March 14, 2017, 10:28:04 PM »

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Sierra-LaMar-Trial-Alleged-Attempted-Kidnapping-Victim-Testifies-416175613.html

Sierra LaMar Murder Trial: Alleged Attempted Kidnapping Victim Testifies
Published 4 hours ago | Updated 2 hours ago

Thursday will mark the five-year anniversary of Sierra LaMar's disappearance.
 
Meanwhile, the trial of her suspected killer, Antolin Garcia Torres, continued Tuesday.

In addition to being charged with murdering Sierra, Garcia Torres is accused of attempting to kidnap three women. One of those women took the stand Tuesday.

The alleged victim in her testimony said a man jumped in the back seat of her SUV, used a stun gun to shock her and punched her. The attack was reported in the parking lot of a Safeway store in Morgan Hill in 2009.

A fingerprint of Garcia Torres was later found on the stun gun battery.
 

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« Reply #647 on: March 16, 2017, 09:44:04 PM »

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http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Family-of-Sierra-LaMar-marks-the-5th-year-of-her-11007895.php

Family of Sierra LaMar marks the 5th year of her disappearance
By Jenna Lyons
Updated 4:34 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017

It went unspoken in court, but it seemed everyone in attendance knew Thursday marked a special day in the Sierra LaMar trial: Exactly five years to the day, the 15-year-old was reported missing from her Morgan Hill home and never seen again.

The murder trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose continued for Antolin Garcia-Torres, a 25-year-old Morgan Hill man suspected of kidnapping and killing the teen. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
 
Garcia-Torres is also being tried on charges that he attempted to kidnap and carjack three women outside Morgan Hill Safeway stores in 2009, one of them outside a location where he had worked. The court did not hear additional evidence in Sierra’s disappearance Thursday morning as fingerprint experts testified on evidence collected from the 2009 Safeway attacks.
 

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« Reply #648 on: March 16, 2017, 09:48:20 PM »

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tracey kaplan‏Verified account @tkaplanreport  · 7h  7 hours ago 
Sad milestone in #SierraLaMar: Family, friends gather tonight to mark 5th anniversary of her disappearance https://wp.me/p7ShJJ-iJ2G

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