Sierra LaMar’s mothers cries as she remembers her daughter during penalty phase


SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — The prosecution rested its case Thursday morning in the penalty phase of the months-long trial in the murder of Sierra LaMar, wrapping up three days of victim impact testimony with distraught statements from the missing teenager’s parents.

Following the presentation of evidence by the defense next week, the same jury who on May 9 found 26-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres guilty of the 2012 murder and three attempted kidnappings in 2009 will decide whether to impose the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors seeking to execute Garcia-Torres put Marlene and Steve LaMar, Sierra LaMar’s parents, on the stand to give their statements.

Soft spoken but sincere Steve LaMar recalled his favorite moments of Sierra and told the jury how he will never see Sierra graduate or get married.

Marlene LaMar cried as she watched home videos of Sierra.

Several jurors also began to cry as they watched the videos of Sierra and her friend singing.

KRON4’s Rob Fladeboe is in the courtroom to bring us the latest:


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