Sierra LaMar: Timeline of Kidnapping, Arrest and Murder Trial - NBC Bay Area

Sierra LaMar: Timeline of Kidnapping, Arrest and Murder Trial



    Sierra LaMar: Timeline of Kidnapping, Arrest and Murder Trial
    Sierra LaMar

    The case of Sierra LaMar has gripped the Bay Area for five years and on May 9, 2017, the jury found Antolin Garcia-Torres guilty of killing the Morgan Hill teen.

    MARCH 16, 2012: Sierra LaMar's family reports her missing. She was supposed to go to a bus stop near her home, but never made it to Sobrato High School. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office considers it a missing persons case.

    MARCH 17, 2012: Search and rescue units find LaMar's cell phone a few blocks east of her  bus stop. The phone is checked for leads and sent to the county crime lab with her lap top.

    MARCH 18, 2012: Crews find LaMar's pink Juicy-brand bag with a folded T-shirt and pants. Investigators don't make the information public for four days. Boat teams begin to search large reservoirs and ponds.

    MARCH 20, 2012: Klaas Kids Foundation organizes the first volunteer searches. Sheriff now believes LaMar was abducted.

    MARCH 28, 2012: Sheriff said suspect Antolin Garcia-Torres became a suspect because his DNA was found on LaMar's bag. Detectives set up surveillance on him.

    MARCH 29, 2012: Volunteers find an empty box labeled "handcuffs" and two used condoms in the search area.

    APRIL 4, 2012: Cadaver dogs join the search.

    APRIL 7, 2012: Detectives seize Garcia-Torres' red Jetta with a black hood.

    APRIL 11, 2012: Divers conduct deep, sonar searches of local reservoirs.

    APRIL 14, 2012: LaMar family offers $10,000 reward.

    MAY 7, 2012: Detectives say they need the public's help in gathering information on a red Jetta with a black hood spotted on surveillance tape near LaMar's home.

    MAY 8, 2012: The sheriff's office says the Jetta was found, though they won't say where or when.

    MAY 11, 2012: "America's Most Wanted" airs the Sierra LaMar story.

    MAY 21, 2012: Detectives arrest Garcia-Torres for the murder and kidnap of LaMar. Her body has still not been found.

    NOV. 13, 2012: Garcia-Torres accused of trying to kidnap three women during carjackings dating back to 2009.

    FEB. 13, 2014: Garcia-Torres pleads not guilty to murder.

    MAY 19, 2014: District Attorney Jeff Rosen wants to seek the death penalty against Garcia-Torres.

    MAY 14, 2015: Official searches for Sierra end; volunteers vow to keep searching unofficially.

    SEPT. 2, 2015: Trial set for April 25, 2016, but then delayed until January 2017.

    JAN 30, 2017: Trial begins in Santa Clara County Courthouse.

    FEB. 7, 2017: Emotional testimony by Marlene LaMar, Sierra’s mother.

    MAY 2, 2017:Closing arguments begin.

    MAY 4, 2017: Jury begins deliberations.

    MAY 8, 2017: Jury reaches decision, verdict to be read next day.

    MAY 9, 2017: Jury finds Antolin Garcia-Torres guilty on all four counts.

    Click here to check out images from the Sierra LaMar trial.

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