Man convicted of first-degree murder in Norma Lopez case
A guilty verdict was reached Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 17-year-old Riverside County girl.
Jesse Perez Torres, 42, was charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a kidnapping for the July 2010 death of Norma Angelica Lopez.
The Moreno Valley girl's remains were found by a landscaper July 20, 2010 after being left in an olive tree grove at the eastern edge of Moreno Valley. Photos displayed by the prosecution during the trial showed the teen head down, nude from the waist up, wearing blue jeans but no shoes.
The district attorney argued that Torres could easily have seen Norma from his then-residence at 13173 Creekside Way, watching her whenever she left Valley View High School, where she was taking a morning biology class for the summer. Every day that she'd left the campus for several weeks, she had been with her boyfriend.
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Here’s the District Attorney’s press release.
JURORS FIND MAN GUILTY OF THE 2010 MURDER OF 17-YEAR-OLD NORMA LOPEZ IN MORENO VALLEY RIVERSIDE – Jurors today, March 13, 2019, found a man guilty ofthe 2010 murder of 17-year-old Norma Lopez in Moreno Valley. Jesse Perez Torres, DOB: 5-10-76, of Long Beach wasconvicted of one count of first-degree murder and jurors found the special circumstance ofmurder during the commission of a felony, in this case kidnapping, to be true. The trial now moves to the penalty phase during which the same jurors will hear testimony and determine if Torres should be sentenced to death orto life in prison without the possibility of parole. Penalty phase testimony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Norma Lopez was kidnapped on July 15, 2010, as she walked from summer school at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley to a friend’s house. Five days later, her body was found in a dirt field about three miles away. Defendant Jesse Perez Torres was later identified as the suspect and was charged in October 2011 by our office with Norma’s murder. Torres lived in the Moreno Valley neighbor where the kidnapping happened at the time of the crime. The case, RIF1105550, is being prosecuted by DeputyDAs Michael Kersse and Kevin Beecham.