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DA to seek death penalty in Sierra LaMar murder case

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office announced Monday it will seek the death penalty in the kidnapping-murder case of missing teen Sierra LaMar. Antolin Garcia Torres, 22, pleaded not guilty in February after being indicted by a criminal grand jury. Sierra LaMar, 15, disappeared on March 16, 2012 after ...

Family, friends gather on 2-year anniversary of Sierra Lamar’s disappearance

Family, friends, and classmates of Sierra LaMar gathered Sunday afternoon at her former high school to mark the two year anniversary of the teenager's disappearance. “Today has been really heart wrenching. The wounds run really deep for us as a family.” said Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, as she wiped away ...

Officials express confidence & concern after Sierra LaMar indictment news

There are a lot of people anxiously awaiting the court trial of the suspect in the Sierra LaMar case but many also share a similar concern, the body of the missing girl has never been found. Antolin Garcia Torres, 22, will be charged with murder and kidnapping in the case ...

Criminal Grand Jury indicts suspect in murder of Sierra LaMar

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office released a criminal grand jury indictment Tuesday for the suspect in the Sierra LaMar case almost two years after her disappearance was first reported. The county's criminal grand jury indicted 22-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres for the murder of LaMar as well as a series ...

Prosecutors still sorting through evidence in Lamar case

The Sierra LaMar murder and kidnap case was delayed in a San Jose courtroom Monday to the following month so prosecutors could continue sifting through evidence still coming in from law enforcement agencies, according to a prosecutor. Santa Clara County Judge Sharon Chatman set a new hearing for Aug. 22 ...

Plea entry postponed again in Sierra Lamar kidnap-murder case

A plea entry for the man accused of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar was postponed yet again in Santa Clara County Superior Court Thursday morning. Judge Sharon Chatman scheduled a new plea hearing for Antolin Garcia Torres for July 23 after his lawyer said prosecutors had not turned over required ...

LaMar family commemorates anniversary of teen's disappearance

The family of Sierra LaMar commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Morgan Hill teen’s disappearance Saturday with a news conference, fund-raiser and massive volunteer search for her body, which has not been found. LaMar vanished after being seen heading to school on March 16, 2012, and since then there have ...

Accused Sierra LaMar slayer charged with additional assaults

Antolin Garcia Torres, accused in the alleged murder-kidnapping of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, was formally charged Wednesday with assaulting three other women in 2009. Santa Clara County Judge Jerome Nadler ordered Torres to return to court on Feb. 9th to enter pleas in the Lamar kidnap-murder and the ...

Sierra Lamar murder suspect charged with 3 attempted kidnappings

Antolin Garcia Torres, the man awaiting trial for the alleged kidnapping and murder of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, has been charged with three attempted kidnappings that occurred in March 2009, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Garcia Torres, 21, was charged with the three additional ...

LaMar family marks sad 16th birthday for missing teen

The family of missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar marked the sad milestone of her 16th birthday Friday, some seven months after the teen disappeared. "This is an incredibly difficult week for Sierra's family," said Marc Klaas, head of the KlaasKids Foundation. Sierra disappeared on her way to her high ...

Father of Sierra Lamar murder suspect convicted of molestation

The father of a man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Northern California girl has been convicted of sexually molesting a younger female relative. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Genaro Garcia Fernandez repeatedly raped his relative beginning when she was 7 years old. A jury in Morgan Hill on Wednesday found ...

Group marks 6-month anniversary of Sierra LaMar's disappearance

Six months ago, 15-year-old Sierra LaMar vanished on her way to school. On Sunday, family, friends and volunteers gathered to make sure everyone knows she's not forgotten. About 100 red balloons tied to note cards with room to write a message to Sierra were released into the sky Sunday. Balloons ...

Plea entry delayed for man accused of killing Sierra LaMar

A plea entry was postponed this morning for a 21-year-old man accused of kidnapping and murdering Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar. Antolin Garcia-Torres has been charged with murder with the special circumstance of committing the murder during a kidnapping, and is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail. ...

Search continues for LaMar four months after her disapperance

Volunteers gathered at a school in Morgan Hill Saturday morning to continue searching for Sierra LaMar, just two days before the four-month anniversary of the missing teen’s disappearance. Volunteers have been meeting at Burnett Elementary School in Morgan Hill every Wednesday and Saturday morning, looking for LaMar for almost the ...

Reward increased in Sierra LaMar murder-abduction case

As the time spent searching for missing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar nears three months, her family Wednesday announced a reward increase and new fliers to aid the search. A reward for any information about the March 16 disappearance of Sierra has increased from $25,000 to $35,000, Steve LaMar, Sierra's ...

Volunteers plan more Morgan Hill searches for Sierra LaMar

Volunteer search efforts for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar continue in her hometown of Morgan Hill this week. The KlaasKids Foundation is asking volunteers to report to the "Find Sierra Search Center" at Burnett Elementary School to continue the search for the teen girl this Wednesday and Saturday. Volunteers can check in ...

Volunteers search for evidence linked to Sierra LaMar disappearance

Volunteers fanned out in the South Bay Saturday, searching for missing teenager Sierra LaMar. This was the 24th search since the 15-year-old disappeared from her Morgan Hill home March 16 while walking to school. The hills were lush and green when LaMar first disappeared, but months later volunteers combed dry ...

Friends, family hold out hope for missing teen with Fremont rally

The family of missing teenager Sierra LaMar held a rally in Fremont Friday night -- one day after the man suspected of slaying the girl made his second appearance in court. About 150 people showed up at at the flagpole at Washington High School, where the 15-year-old attended during her ...

Garcia-Torres delays entering plea again in Sierra LaMar case

The man accused in the disappearance of missing 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl Sierra LaMar made his second court appearance Thursday, but he did not enter a plea.   Antolin Garcia-Torres was charged with the murder and kidnapping in LaMar last week. He appeared briefly with an attorney in Santa Clara County ...

Volunteers continue search in Morgan Hill for Sierra Lamar

Klaas Kids Foundation volunteers were continuing their search for missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar Wednesday. Sierra, a 15-year old student at Sobrato High School, was last seen the morning of March 16. Investigators believe she was kidnapped and murdered, but her family is holding out hope for her safe ...

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