Lead Investigator Takes Stand In Torres Murder Trial

Testimony in the Glenn Torres case continued Thursday. He is accused of first–degree murder and rape of a woman in 1992. The prosecution called Ted Hartman, the lead investigator from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at that time. Hartman, who's now retired, was in charge of the investigation after 19–year–old Paula Moore's body was discovered.

The investigator recalled taking evidence samples, interviewing Torres, and read a letter from the accused murderer that was written in 1993. In the letter, Torres proclaimed he was determined to prove his innocence, accused investigators of harassing witnesses, and faulty investigative procedures.

He admitted he changed his story during an interrogation, blaming it on nervousness, and added his rights were violated due to the absence of a lawyer at the time of his questioning.

If convicted, Torres faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors will get a long weekend before the trial resumes on Monday.

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