Capital murder suspect appears in court today, second trial begins February


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A man accused of raping and killing his 6-year-old son is facing a capital murder trial for the second time.

This is this second time Mauricio Torres will face a capital murder trial.

In March 2015, Torres’ son, Maurice “Isaiah” Torres died on a family camping trip in Missouri. A forensic pathologist testified that Maurice died as a result of sexual abuse.

In November 2016, Torres was convicted of capital murder and first-degree battery and was sentenced to death.

In April 2019, his conviction was overturned after he argued the state did not prove its case for the death penalty. In a 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court agreed with Torres, stating the rape had to happen in Arkansas if it supported the death penalty.

Torres was in court on Monday (October 7) for an omnibus hearing. His trial is set to begin on February 18, 2020.

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