Trial for man accused of killing Sierra LaMar set for August 1

SAN JOSE (KRON) — The trial date for Antolin Garcia-Torres, the man charged with kidnapping and murdering 15-year-old Sierra LaMar nearly four years ago, has been set for August 1.

Garcia-Torres, now 25, is accused of killing LaMar, who was last seen on the morning of March 16, 2012. Lamar disappeared in Morgan Hill on March 16 after leaving home to catch the school bus.

The trail has been delayed for months. Garcia-Torres waived his right for a speedy trial within 60 days during his appearance at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.

Garcia-Torres was arrested in May 2012 and was formally indicted in February of 2014 in the murder. Lamar’s remains have never been found.

Garcia-Torres was identified as a suspect after Sierra’s DNA was found in his red Volkswagen Jetta, prosecutors said.

The 25-year-old man, who remains in custody at Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, is facing the death penalty in the case.

A grand jury indicted Garcia-Torres in 2014 on charges for Sierra’s disappearance and death, in addition to kidnapping and carjacking charges involving three women in Morgan Hill supermarket parking lots in 2009.

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