Torres Murder, Rape Trial Goes To Jury, Deliberations Begin

The jury in the Glenn Torres murder case at the Mesa County Justice Center has stopped for the day and will continue to deliberate Tuesday. Closing arguments started Monday and the jury went to work Tuesday morning in the first degree murder and rape trial of Torres, who's accused of killing a 19–year–old Grand Junction woman in 1992.

After 3 weeks of testimony, attornies on both sides wrap up their cases in one last attempt to convince jurors to either convict or acquit Torres of the rape and murder of Paula Moore.

Prosecutors spent the morning refreshing jurors memories of every link in their chain of evidence, including the so–called inconsistancies in Torres' statements throughout the interview process. Jurous heard an eyewitness account from Sherry Winn, a former girlfriend and common–law wife of Torres. who testified she saw hims raping Moore in his garage. The prosecution also reminded the jury of the damning D.N.A. evidence against Torres.

Torres' attorney disputed many aspects of the prosecutions case, saying the investigation into the crime had several inconsistancies of its own, including contamination of evidence. The defense also suggested that prosecutors had actually picked around which evidence and testimony the jury was allowed to hear.

Jurors will now deliberate to decide Torres' fate on the charges of 1st degree murder and 1st degree sexual assault. If convicted, Torres faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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