MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — A man charged with the kidnapping and murder of a Moreno Valley teenager was allegedly linked to the crime by DNA evidence.
Jesse Torres, 35, is charged with murder with special circumstances of kidnapping. If convicted, he could face the death penalty or life without parole.
Prosecutors say they got a DNA match to Torres three weeks ago, linking him to the field where 17-year-old Norma Lopez was kidnapped. The teen was taken while walking to a friend’s home after a summer school class in July of 2010.
According to prosecutors, the match was made using a state database of prior and incoming felons.
Torres is scheduled to be arraigned next month.