SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — There is another new development in the looming, high-profile trial of Antolin Garcia-Torres, who is accused of the 2012 murder of Morgan Hill cheerleader Sierra LaMar.
Lawyers for the 22-year-old Torres have asked the court to allow evidence they say will show that LaMar, who vanished on her way to school in Mar. 2012, ran away from home.
Court documents from grand jury testimony contain excerpts from a Spanish class notebook in which Sierra is said to have written how she hated her life and was headed for San Francisco and that she wanted to run away to Las Vegas or Hollywood, away from her problems and just lay on a beach and chill.
The defense will argue this is a missing person case, says legal analyst Steven Clark.
The documents further show how lawyers for Garcia-Torres, who faces the death penalty if convicted, argue that the government is trying to exclude evidence that show LaMar’s state of mind to run away on the date she went missing and that the facts demonstrate that she was having trouble at school and was dealing with a broken home.
Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys has commented publically on this case.
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