RIVERSIDE (AP) — A man charged with murdering a 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl on her way back from summer school has been ordered to stand trial.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s office said Monday that 37-year-old Jesse Perez Torres of Long Beach has been charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation of kidnapping.

The special circumstance allegation makes Torres eligible for the death penalty.

Norma Lopez was abducted after leaving Valley View High School in July 2010. Her body was found in a remote field several days later.

Prosecutors say Torres owned an SUV which matched the description of a vehicle witnesses described seeing in the area of the abduction.

He is due back in court June 24.

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  1. sherry alarcon says:

    I have a daughter the same age as norma was and also resembles her, I have been following this case and also attended the funeral of norma. My most deepest compassion and utmost respect goes out to her family and friends. I believe justice will prevail.

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