Prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty for a former Marine accused
of killing a Navy petty officer in 2009, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said in a Wednesday court filing that they intend to pursue the
death penalty against Jorge A. Torrez, a former Marine charged with 1st-degree
murder in the July 2009 slaying of 20-year-old Amanda Snell, who was found dead
in her Fort Myers-Henderson Hall barracks.
Little information on how Snell died is publicly available; an indictment only
says Torrez killed her “with premeditation and malice.” The killing took place
while both were living at Henderson Hall.
Torrez was convicted in Arlington County in October 2010 of abducting and
raping 1 woman and robbing another in separate attacks. Those incidents also
took place while he was stationed there.
He is also being investigated for the 2005 killings of 2 young girls near
Chicago; the father of 1 of the girls spent 5 years in jail awaiting trial
until a DNA link made Torrez a suspect.
Geremy Kamens, one of Torrez's attorneys, said Wednesday that he had no comment
on the death-penalty decision.
In a motion requesting an April 2013 trial date, Torrez's lawyers wrote that
"the government's decision to seek the death penalty in this case transforms
both the obligations of defense counsel in order to provide effective
assistance and the resources that must be devoted to this case."
(source: Washington Examiner)