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|June 16, 2019|
Convicted killer claims 'intellectual disability'
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A June 21st hearing is scheduled to determine if convicted killer Jesse Torres is ‘intellectually disabled’.
The Superior Court jury that convicted the 42-year-old welder last month is recommending the death penalty. But, Torres defense attorney has been granted a hearing claiming that the defendant has a mental or intellectual disability that would spare him from the death penalty.
If the trial judge upholds the motion, Torres would be given a no parole prison term.
The former Moreno Valley man stands convicted of kidnapping and killing schoolgirl Norma Lopez while she walked home from her summer classes at Valley View High School in MoVal in July 2010. Her body was found 5-days later in a dirt field about 3-miles away.
Torres was convicted largely on DNA evidence found with the girl’s body.
Story Date: April 18, 2019