A man accused of abducting and killing Moreno Valley teenager Norma Angelica Lopez must stand trial on a first-degree murder charge with a special circumstance allegation that the crime occurred during a kidnapping, a judge ruled Monday. Jesse Perez Torres, 36, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in the July 15,attack on the year- old victim. Following a four-hour preliminary hearing at the Riverside Historic Courthouse, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Craig Riemer determined there was sufficient evidence to bound Torres over for trial.
A body found in east Moreno Valley was identified Wednesday as a year-old girl who was abducted on her way to a friend's house last week. We will continue to follow every lead we have. The body, found just before 3 p.
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He has pleaded not guilty. Pretrial motions were heard Friday by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz, who has issued a litany of rulings ranging from witness sequestering to trial scheduling. Testimony is expected to span a month, and if Torres is convicted, the case will move into the penalty phase, which could take another month.
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Norma Lopez, 17, was walking to a friend's house after summer school when abducted. It could have been your daughter. When the guilty verdict was read, Bianco says Torres casually took a drink of water.
Concerned residents stand outside the scene where Moreno Valley police investigate near the corner of Dracaea Avenue and Theodore Street in Moreno Valley, where human remains were discovered on Tuesday, July 20, Police have not identified the remains, or even whether they belonged to a male or female. The body was found about two miles away from where Norma Lopez, a teenager who went missing last Thursday, was last known to have been.
Lopez disappeared the morning of July 15, after attending a summer school class at Valley View High School. Her body would be discovered, partially nude, five days later under an olive tree. It could have been your daughter. Investigators arrested Torres, who lived near the high school, in October
Lopez was supposed to meet her younger sister and friends at the residence, however, she never made it home. Upon their arrival, an earring, a purse and a folder belonging to Lopez were located in the field. Deputies were then called to the scene to investigate her disappearance.
The family of Norma Lopez, the year-old Moreno Valley girl who was abducted and later found dead, thanked the community Thursday for its support and urged everyone to help police track down the killer. They shared details of their final moments with Norma, the daily morning chatter that will remain with them forever. As payment, Norma made her sister a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, decorated with a happy face made from a banana.