Murder suspect stands trial in friend's death
POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 8:27pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Witnesses relived a grisly scene as they took to the stand in Michael Herrera's murder trial.
A murder trial is underway for a man accused of murdering his lover inside a Downtown El Paso apartment. Michael Herrera is accused of beating and stabbing his boyfriend, Cesar Torres, to death back in July 2009.
On Monday, the victim's family and friends relived the tragedy as the jury was shown graphic photos of the crime scene.
Cesar Torres was a friend, a brother and a local business owner. That is, until investigators say he was murdered in his Downtown El Paso studio apartment in 2009. Michael Herrera is on trial for his murder. Police say it all happened after the suspect and the victim got into a fight.
The cause of Torres's death - blunt force trauma among other injuries, including stabbing. Herrera has claimed the victim was his boyfriend, although that has not been confirmed in court yet. Witnesses did say Torres had multiple relationships at the same time.
Four people took the stand - Gladys Gonzalez and Robert Greene who were the victim's friends. Alvi Alvarado, the victim's sister. And an El Paso Police Officer who collected the evidence from the scene after the body was found.
Greene claimed he found Torres's lifeless body on the floor, laying in a pool of dried blood. He said Torres was naked with only a sheet laying over him.
Jurors saw evidence from the crime scene. Pictures of how Torres was found in between his couch and coffee table. Bloody footprints were also at the scene leading to the living room from the kitchen.
Police eventually tied a fingerprint belonging to Herrera at the apartment.
The trial continues this week.