DA to Charge Murder, Kidnap in Sierra LaMar Case | NBC Bay Area

DA to Charge Murder, Kidnap in Sierra LaMar Case

Antolin Garcia-Torres is expected to be charged with murder and kidnap of Sierra LaMar.



    (Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012)

    Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told NBC Bay Area on Wednesday that he will charge Antolin Garcia-Torres with murder and kidnap at his arraignment Thursday afternoon.

    Garcia-Torres, 21, was arrested by Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies in a Morgan Hill Safeway in connection with the disappearance of Sierra LaMar.

    The 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl was last seen on March 16 near her home.If you have any information about Sierra LaMar please call 408-808-4500 after hours 408-299-2311 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Text messages can be sent to 408-421-6760. Email tips to: ti

    DNA evidence on her belongings, and DNA evidence found in Garcia-Torres' car link the two together, according to Sheriff Laurie Smith. Still, the two did not know each other, Smith added, in what she called a "purely random" attack.

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    (Published Thursday, May 24, 2012)

    The word "murder," announced by sheriff, surprised and saddened many. Though the teen has been missing for two months, the charge of murder presumes she is dead. And legal experts have said it's difficult, but not impossible to prosecute a murder case without a body.

    Garcia-Torres has declined several attempts to be interviewed in jail. His mother and sister told NBC Bay Area that he couldn't have committed the crime, and that he never knew Sierra.