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.

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Comments (3)
  1. Protect says:

    If it is him, then I see nore good eveidence to KEEP OUR VIOLENT CRIMINALS IN PRISON! How many of us are enough to prove this point?!? I was kidnapped, assaulted, and almost murdered by someone who HAD PRIOR SEX OFFENSES. Now, I have to fight to keep him in every time he is up for parole in order to save one more girl from him. He even has a myspace account and a personal ad to meet women. Who cares? Obviously not us! We keep on letting these monsters out!
    If it is him, he needs LIFE, NO parole.
    Let’s start protecting our sisters, wives, daughters, and sons BY NOT LETTING THEM OUT!

    1. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

      When Mayor Villaraigosa was president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) he fought vigorously against collecting convicted criminals DNA. Had this moron of a mayor succeeded, hundreds of rapist and murders would still be on the loose.

  2. Johns says:

    If he is the killer. he should be executed as soon as possible/

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