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More than 10 years after he kidnapped and killed a year-old Moreno Valley girl during an attempted sexual assault, a Long Beach man was sentenced to death Friday. A Riverside jury in March convicted year-old Jesse Perez Torres of first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a kidnapping for the death of Norma Angelica Lopez.
The same five-woman, seven-man panel recommended capital punishment, and Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz formalized that sentence. I think the sentence is just one, and we are on the long road toward long-awaited justice. Executions in California were suspended under an executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on the same date, coincidentally, that Torres was convicted -- March 13, The moratorium is expected to remain in place while the governor remains in office.
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The defendant killed the teen on July 15,after snatching her as she walked to meet her sister and friends at a home in east Moreno Valley. Everywhere in the house there was laughter and happiness.
It was beautiful. But that all ended the day that Norma did not return home to us. The woman was taken at knife point by Torres outside a Long Beach liquor store, then driven to the defendant's home, where he bound and raped her, videotaping and photographing the injurious assault, according to Kersse, who emphasized the attack happened 14 months after Norma was kidnapped and killed.
What sympathy? Norma is dead and that monster is not.
Man sentenced to death 10 years after kidnapping and killing moreno valley teen girl
And that's just wrong. Trace DNA left all over the victim's clothing, purse and jewelry confirmed Torres was her killer. The county's chief pathologist, Dr. Fajardo said the girl's remains were in a degraded state after being left in an olive tree grove along Theodore Street, at the eastern edge of Moreno Valley, amid sweltering heat. Her body was found on July 20, The prosecution said Torres watched Norma from his then-residence at Creekside Way, observing whenever she left Valley View High School, where she was taking a morning biology class for the summer.
Every day that she'd left the campus for several weeks, she had been with her boyfriend. But on July 15,he was behind schedule, and she set off on her own, heading across a field adjacent to Cottonwood Avenue, where Torres followed her in his SUV, forcibly grabbing her and pulling her into the vehicle, sealing her fate, according to prosecutors.
The defendant's attorneys argued for an Atkins evaluation after Torres was convicted.
The process is based on a U. Supreme Court decision and is intended to determine whether a defendant has a cognitive disability. If so, the impaired defendant cannot be sentenced to death because, per the Supreme Court, it would be a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bars cruel and unusual punishment.
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