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Sierra LaMar Murder Suspect Back in Court Today

Antolin Garcia-Torres will be arraigned at the Hall of Justice in San Jose at 2 p.m.

Suspected Sierra LaMar kidnapper and killer Antolin Garcia-Torres will appear in court today, Thursday, May 31 at 2 p.m. to be formally arraigned on one count of murder with the special circumstance of kidnapping.

Garcia-Torres’ formal reading of the murder charge will take place in Department 23 at the Hall of Justice, 190 W. Hedding St. in San Jose. He could enter a plea, but it may be too soon for his attorney to decide how he'll answer to the murder charge.

On May 24, however, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen filed the murder charge and held a news conference outside the courthouse announcing prosecutor David Boyd would try the high-profile case that's grabbed national headlines for the past few months since Sierra vanished on March 16 on her way to catch the morning bus to Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill.

Rosen said the murder charge is eligible for the death penalty.

He's being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

Court records obtained by Patch Tuesday reveal Garcia-Torres had his run-ins with public safety authorities in Morgan Hill and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, Klaas Kids Foundation volunteers continue their search for Sierra with a new effort scheduled for Saturday. Those participating are being asked to report to the "Find Sierra Search Center" at Burnett Elementary School at 85 Tilton Road in Morgan Hill.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.

triple@family May 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I hope he gets the death penalty! just this hole story and him being so not worried about it and his family mom and sisters defending him just makes me wanna be in san jose so i could slap them all.. especially the dumb sisters, like i said again and again you cant find, run or doing anyhting to escape DNA. i hope he is gonna tell him in court where the body is or something! the LaMar familiy and freinds need closure, and him being nochaulant about it makes him hate him even more, and plus hearing about that he is related to one of the three sexual assults makes me wanna kill him my self! If i was president i would make a law that sure would pass, and that is if you commit a crime thats has to do with sex, abuse, rape, kidnapp, murder, and so on, when they find the suspect let the family or police do what they did to the suspect just worst or how ever they want to kill him...... isnt that fair? i think so then we would have all these cra horrible crimes happenning..... they should really do something about registered sex offenders and all the wackos out they would like to harm people and put them far away like deserts or mountains make there own lil town and guard it like guantamao!!!!!! see if those sick people offened again or whatever!! who is with me?:)
triple@family May 31, 2012 at 06:57 PM
idk why we californias let the goverment rule us over this! WE SHOULD NOT KEEP SEX OFFENEDER SEPERATE FROM THE REST OF THE FOOLS! LET THEM OUT AND LET THE DEAL WITH WHATEVER COMES THEIR WAY! HOPE THEY KILL EACH OTHER:)

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