Antolin Garcia-Torres’ mother testifies as penalty phase of Sierra LaMar trial continues

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — The mother of convicted murderer Antolin Garcia-Torres testified through tears in a San Jose courtroom Monday morning, describing through two
Spanish-English interpreters the horrors of poverty, abuse and loss that have ravaged her family for decades.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 26, was convicted on May 9 of the first-degree murder of the 15-year-old in 2012 as well as the attempted kidnappings of three women in 2009.

The jury will have to decide whether to impose either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Laura Torres spoke of the physical and emotional abuse she endured from her alcoholic ex-husband Genaro Garcia Fernandez, who she married in a small Mexican town when she was just 13.

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

FULL COVERAGE OF SIERRA LAMAR MURDER TRIAL:

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