Jury seated, opening statements to begin Thursday on retrial of Mauricio Torres


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The jury has been seated for the retrial of capital murder suspect Mauricio Torres.

The jury will be composed of seven women and five men. Three alternate jurors, one male two female, have been selected.

Opening statements will begin tomorrow, February 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Torres is accused of sexually assaulting his then 6-year-old son with a stick while on a family camping trip in Missouri in 2015. The child later died in Bella Vista, Arkansas, as a result of the injury, according to court testimony by a medical examiner in 2016.

In 2016, Torres was convicted of capital murder/battery and sentenced to death, but the decision was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2019.

The reason the court overturned the conviction is because the crime happened in Missouri (and Arkansas authorities could not use rape to “substantiate” the capital murder conviction).

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