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▣ Guilty verdict in no-body murder case in Florida

posted by Admin on July 15th, 2017 at 1:43 PM

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Guilty verdict in Miramar missing body murder case
Miramar man found guilty in missing body murder case
Sun Sentinel

A Miramar man charged with murdering his wife who has been missing since 2012, was found guilty Friday.
Rafael Olmeda

Cid Torrez murdered his wife and hid her body in the Everglades in 2012, but he could not hide from the evidence that proved his guilt, a Broward jury decided Friday.

Torrez, 43, was convicted of second-degree murder and other offenses related to electronically stalking his estranged wife, Vilet Torrez, in the months leading up to her disappearance.

Her body was never found.

Cid Torrez faces a maximum term of life in prison when he’s sentenced September 1.

Prosecutors say Torrez killed his wife after she came home from a date early on March 31, 2012. They had separated the previous September.

The jury heard testimony during the two week trial alleging that Torrez had been violent toward his wife in the past, planted tracking software on her cell phone, asked a friend where to buy an illegal gun and hide a body, and warned the friend that if Vilet could not be with him, she would not be with anyone.

Cid Torrez had spent the day on March 30, 2012 with their three children and the night with them in Vilet Torrez’s home, according to trial testimony. Vilet Torrez went on a date the same day and did not return until after 5 a.m. the next morning.

Surveillance footage from her gated Miramar community shows Vilet Torrez arriving, and cell phone records show her calling Cid Torrez around the same time. In his statement to investigators, Cid Torrez said she never made it home and wouldn’t have been able to get in the house without him because the front door was latched — it had to be opened by someone inside the house.

Prosecutors believe Cid Torrez killed his wife in a jealous rage and hid her body in the Everglades on April 1, while his children were at his cousin’s house and he was supposed to be picking up a pizza.

When he called 911 to report his wife missing, Cid Torrez told the dispatcher, “Now Sunday I definitely did it.” Prosecutors Lanie Bandell and Heather Henricksen said the comment was an unintentional reference to his hiding the body, while defense lawyer Richard Della Fera said it was a confused reference to Cid Torrez calling Vilet’s mother to try to find out where she was.

For more: Sun Sentinel

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