Sierra LaMar case: accused killer to appear in court
Antolin Garcia-Torres is expected to appear at noon in Superior Court in Santa Clara County, according to online booking records. He was being held Wednesday without bail.
The 15-year-old LaMar, who lived in Morgan Hill, disappeared on her way to school on the morning of March 16. Her case sparked considerable attention and prompted a flurry of tips to authorities.
Garcia-Torres was arrested Monday at a Safeway in Morgan Hill.
On Tuesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said detectives had gathered "direct and circumstantial" evidence showing that Garcia-Torres killed LaMar.
A day after LaMar disappeared, her cellphone and a bag of clothing were found. The bag, according to authorities, had Garcia-Torres' DNA.
“We believe we have probable cause that he committed the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar,” Smith told reporters.
She said the DNA also linked Garcia-Torres to a March 2009 assault in Morgan Hill. He also has a previous conviction for interfering with a police officer and has been arrested but not prosecuted for felony assault, according to authorities.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, in a photo provided by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. Credit: Associated Press