The jury is seated in the Norma Lopez murder trial

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — A jury was seated Wednesday for the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old Moreno Valley girl as she walked from her school to a friend's house more than eight years ago.

Jesse Perez Torres, 42, could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, with a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a kidnapping, for the July 2010 death of Norma Angelica Lopez.

After nearly three weeks of jury selection, a panel was sworn in this morning by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz, who scheduled opening statements in the trial for Tuesday. Here is the link to the rest of the story.

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