ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say he’s already confessed to the crime but the driver accused of shooting and killing 4-year old Lilly Garcia in a fit of road rage pleaded not guilty in court Friday.
It was Torrez’s first court appearance. He’s facing a first degree murder charge as well as tampering with evidence and he won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon.
Torrez was arrested one day after police say he shot and killed Lilly Garcia on I-40 near Unser after Torrez cut the family off and Lilly’s dad threw his hands up and cursed at Torrez. Lilly and her brother were in the backseat on their way home from school.
According to police when they picked up Torrez he admitted to shooting at the family’s pickup truck.
At Torrez’s arraignment Lilly’s grandpa gave an emotional plea to the court. The judge agreed and denied bond for Torrez.
A criminal complaint shows investigators found two assault rifles, a revolver, a bulletproof vest and duffle bags filled with baggies of marijuana in the car Torrez was loading up before they arrested him on central near sunset in another vehicle.
Torrez has a long criminal history which includes another road rage incident back in 2006. Torrez also faces federal drug and firearms charges.