Antolin Garcia-Torres, Suspect in Sierra Lamar Murder, Pleads Not Guilty

By Jeff Burbank and Bay City News
|  Thursday, Feb 13, 2014  |  Updated 7:37 PM PDT
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Antolin Garcia-Torres, the 22-year-old man charged with kidnapping and murdering Morgan Hill teenager Sierra Lamar, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court Thursday afternoon. Damian Trujillo reports.

Antolin Garcia-Torres, the 22-year-old man charged with kidnapping and murdering Morgan Hill teenager Sierra Lamar, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court Thursday afternoon. Damian Trujillo reports.

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Antolin Garcia-Torres, the 22-year-old man charged with kidnapping and murdering Morgan Hill teenager Sierra Lamar, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

The arraignment came after Garcia-Torres was indicted by a criminal grand jury earlier this week on charges of murder and kidnapping for the Sierra Lamar case.

DOWNLOAD: Read the indictment against Garcia-Torres

He was also indicted on three counts of attempted kidnapping and carjacking for separate incidents in 2009 in which he allegedly accosted three women outside South Bay supermarkets.

"He looked nervous," said Doug Tollis, a volunteer with Team Sierra. "We want him to be nervous."

Tollis was one of dozens of volunteers who have been searching for Sierra that attended Thursday's hearing. Sierra's family were not in court.

After Garcia-Torres' plea entry, Judge Thang Barrett set a hearing for April 16 If you have any information about Sierra LaMar please call 408-808-4500 after hours 408-299-2311 or the anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Text messages can be sent to 408-421-6760. Email tips to: tito schedule a trial date and to hear the defense's motion to keep the grand jury transcript sealed.

Sierra, 15, disappeared the morning of March 16, 2012, after leaving home for school. Her body has not yet been found but prosecutors allege she was murdered.

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