Hialeah man accused of burglarizing at least 3 vehicles

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Cid Torrez found guilty of murdering estranged wife

Jurors found Cid Torrez guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the killing of his estranged wife, who was last seen in March 2012.

The jury deliberated for two days before deciding Torrez’s fate. 

The former couple’s eldest child testified during the trial that she heard a howling sound at her home on the morning that authorities believe Vilet Torrez was killed.

The teen told jurors that she then heard her father say, “No, you wake up.”

Prosecutors painted Cid Torrez during the trial as a jealous husband, who was upset that his soon-to-be ex-wife had moved on with another man.

Vilet Torrez was last seen on surveillance video early in the morning on March 31, 2012, after arriving back to her Miramar home after a night out with her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend, Zoe Rodriguez, took the stand during the trial, claiming that Cid Torrez told him to end his relationship with the victim.

“It got heated and I said, ‘Listen, let me explain something to you. I am not 115 pounds. You’re not going to be able to bully me like you bullied her,'” Rodriguez said.

Vilet Torrez’s boyfriend said the defendant warned him that he “did not know what kind of person he could be and what he could do to me and to her — the actions that can become of it.”

Detectives said two cadaver dogs detected the odor of human remains in the trunk and backseat of Cid Torrez’s car and at the couple’s home.

Police said Cid Torrez’s co-worker told them the defendant believed his wife had cheated on him and used a program to monitor her cellphone.

The defense has long said that the evidence just shows Vilet Torrez disappeared and not that she’s dead, let alone at the hands of her estranged husband.

Defense attorney Richard Della Fera turned to other high-profile cases as proof that there is a chance that Vilet Torrez is still alive.

“Perhaps some of you are familiar with Jacey Dugard, found alive after 18 years in captivity,” he said.

Cid Torrez did not testify during the trial.

He faces up to life in prison.
 

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Man accused of killing witness in attempted murder investigation

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Surveillance video captures fatal shooting of AAA contractor in Kendall

Local 10 News learned Thursday that the fatal shooting of a AAA contractor in Kendall was captured on home surveillance cameras.

Jesus Esquivel, 63, is accused of shooting Magdiel Hernandez, 38, Tuesday because he was upset about the response time.

Police said Hernandez was sent to the service call only after another technician had refused to go because Esquivel threatened him over the phone.

According to sources who viewed the video, Esquivel pulled out a gun from his waistband about five minutes after Hernandez arrived and shot the victim multiple times in the face.

Sources said he then proceeded to beat Hernandez with a cane.

“The way it happened is just horrific,” church leader Mariane Salazar said. “He had a great heart. He was a great guy.”

Hernandez’s church family remembered him fondly Thursday, just two days after he was gunned down on a service call in the area of Southwest 87th Court in Kendall. 

“Words cannot describe how this community of faith and our church is feeling right now,” Salazar said.

Hernandez attended the Ministerio Intenacional El Rey Jesus for more than decade.

Salazar said Hernandez volunteered in almost every department.

“It’s been completely tragic, it’s unexpected. People are having a terrible psychological reaction to this,” she said.

The church is now gathering donations to bury him, possibly with his family in Nicaragua. 

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.

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Surveillance video captures fatal shooting of AAA contractor in Kendall

Local 10 News learned Thursday that the fatal shooting of a AAA contractor in Kendall was captured on home surveillance cameras.

Jesus Esquivel, 63, is accused of shooting Magdiel Hernandez, 38, Tuesday because he was upset about the response time.

Police said Hernandez was sent to the service call only after another technician had refused to go because Esquivel threatened him over the phone.

According to sources who viewed the video, Esquivel pulled out a gun from his waistband about five minutes after Hernandez arrived and shot the victim multiple times in the face.

Sources said he then proceeded to beat Hernandez with a cane.

“The way it happened is just horrific,” church leader Mariane Salazar said. “He had a great heart. He was a great guy.”

Hernandez’s church family remembered him fondly Thursday, just two days after he was gunned down on a service call in the area of Southwest 87th Court in Kendall. 

“Words cannot describe how this community of faith and our church is feeling right now,” Salazar said.

Hernandez attended the Ministerio Intenacional El Rey Jesus for more than decade.

Salazar said Hernandez volunteered in almost every department.

“It’s been completely tragic, it’s unexpected. People are having a terrible psychological reaction to this,” she said.

The church is now gathering donations to bury him, possibly with his family in Nicaragua. 

Click here to donate to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.

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Jurors to decide fate of Miramar man accused of killing estranged wife

Jurors have begun deliberations Thursday in the murder trial of Cid Torrez, who is accused of killing his estranged wife. 

The two-week trial wrapped up Wednesday with the testimony of a friend who said the defendant once asked him about buying a gun and how to dispose of a body.

The defense pushed back and noted that the friend didn’t take the question seriously. 

The state spent more than hour laying out its case one final time before jurors.

“The defense wants to argue there’s no murder weapon. Well, guess what? The murder weapons are the hands of this man right here,” prosecutor Heather Henricksen said. 

The assistant state attorney reminded jurors how Torrez made it clear that he did not want to see his estranged wife with another man, how he installed spyware on Vilet’s Torrez’s cellphone and how the couple’s daughter testified that she heard a howling sound at her home the night prosecutors said Vilet Torrez died.

The teen told jurors that she heard her father’s say, “No, you wake up.”

The state also reminded the jury about cadaver dogs that led handlers to Cid Torrez’s car, where it’s believed he put her body before getting rid of it.

“The state merely has to show opportunity,” Assistant State Attorney Lanie Bandell said. “We don’t know if he hit her first, then put her in the trunk, put her in a dumpster, then got her, put her in the Everglades and the alligators got her. We’ll never know. We’ll never know. We just have to prove opportunity.”

Authorities said Vilet Torrez disappeared in March 2012.

Prosecutors said her estranged husband was jealous that she was dating again, killed her and got rid of the body.

Her remains were never found.

Prosecutors have long said that his actions before and after Vilet Torrez vanished are more than enough evidence to prove his guilt.

The state points to a nearly a 24-hour gap between when Vilet Torrez was seen getting home and Cid Torrez was back with his children after dropping them off with relatives.

The defense has long said that the evidence just shows Vilet Torrez disappeared and not that she’s dead, let alone at the hands of her estranged husband.

Defense attorney Richard Della Fera turned to other high profile cases as proof that there is a chance that Vilet Torrez is still alive.

“Perhaps some of you are familiar with Jacey Dugard, found alive after 18 years in captivity,” he said. 

If convicted, Cid Torrez faces up to life in prison.
 

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