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rA Texas man convicted by a Nebraska jury of a double murder will let a judicial panel decide whether he should face the death penalty.

Marco Torres Jr. was convicted on seven counts Thursday, including two counts of first-degree murder for shooting to death two Grand Island men.

 
Torres, who is from Pasadena, Texas, waived his right to have a jury determine whether he is eligible for the death penalty.

Instead, a three-judge panel will consider whether he should be executed. Two yet-to-be-appointed judges will join Hall County District Judge James Livingston on the panel. Livingston presided over Torres' trial.

A hearing date hasn't been set.

A law takes effect Tuesday making lethal injection Nebraska's only method of carrying out death sentences.

http://www.1011now.com/news/headlines/55954207.html

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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 08:09:58 PM »
Another article:

After a day of deliberations a jury in Hall County District Court reached a verdict in the Marco Torres double murder trial. Guilty on all counts.

Torres of Pasadena, Texas was convicted of 2 counts of first degree murder.

He was found guilty of shooting and killing 60 year old Edward Hall and 48 year old Timothy Donohue.

The men were murdered and found dead in Hall's home back in 2007.

Torres is also convicted on 3 counts of using a gun to commit a felony, one count of robbery and one count of unauthorized use of a debit card.

"We are pleased that the case reached a successful conclusion. I am happy. I hope this will bring a sense of closure for the Hall and Donohue families. It has been a long road," said Hall County Attorney Mark Young.

Torres could get the death penalty.

A panel of 3 judges will make that decision. No dates have been set as to when.

Torres is currently also serving a 90 year prison sentence in a separate case for robbery and kidnapping.
 
http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=18304&storytopic=4

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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009, 03:54:53 PM »
A three-judge panel has been named and a date has been set for the sentencing hearing for convicted killer Marco E. Torres Jr.

Torres, 34, of Pasadena, Texas, was convicted on Aug. 28 by a Hall County District Court jury of two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of using a gun to commit a felony, one count of robbery and one count of unauthorized use of a debit card for the March 2007 deaths of Edward Hall, 60, and Timothy Donohue, 48. The conviction followed a trial that began with jury selection on Aug. 17.

Torres waived his right to have the jury hear the evidence of the aggravating circumstances concerning the death penalty. Instead the evidence will be heard by Hall County District Judge James Livingston, who oversaw the trial; Lancaster County District Judge Jodi L. Nelson; and Douglas County District Judge Gary B. Randall. The chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court named Nelson and Randall to join Livingston.

The order setting the sentencing hearing was filed in Hall County District Court Tuesday.

According to state statute, the judges' decision must be unanimous.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 13 in Hall County District Court.

According to state statute, a defendant has the right to have the jury determine the aggravating circumstances, but that right can be waived if the information filed against the defendant contains notice of those circumstances.

The charges against Torres list the following aggravating circumstances: The murder was committed to conceal another crime or the identity of the perpetrator; at the time the murder was committed, the offender committed another murder; the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or manifested exceptional depravity; and the offender has a substantial prior history of serious assaultive or terrorizing criminal activity.

A presentence investigation has been ordered.

The case began on March 5, 2007, when Hall and Donohue were found shot to death at Hall's home, 1208 S. Adams. The murders were eventually linked to Torres, who was arrested in Texas on March 26, 2007.

Torres is an inmate at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution. In February 2008, he was sentenced, following a jury trial, to 90 to 140 years in prison for kidnapping, robbery, and two counts of using a gun to commit a felony. His parole eligibility date in that case in 2052.

Three-judge panel set to hear Torres' sentencing
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The last one that was handled by the 3 judge sentencing panel in Nebraska was Roy Ellis
and it didn't end up well for him. He's sitting on the row.


http://www.theindependent.com/articles/2009/09/11/news/local/10583725.txt


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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2009, 10:35:29 PM »
The charges against Torres list the following aggravating circumstances: The murder was committed to conceal another crime or the identity of the perpetrator; at the time the murder was committed, the offender committed another murder; the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or manifested exceptional depravity; and the offender has a substantial prior history of serious assaultive or terrorizing criminal activity.


Honestly there is no choice other than death from the panel!

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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2009, 07:30:28 AM »
The charges against Torres list the following aggravating circumstances: The murder was committed to conceal another crime or the identity of the perpetrator; at the time the murder was committed, the offender committed another murder; the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or manifested exceptional depravity; and the offender has a substantial prior history of serious assaultive or terrorizing criminal activity.


Honestly there is no choice other than death from the panel!


You would think!  But then, if they have an anti on the jury, or a wussy judge................. :-X
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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 08:35:24 PM »
Texas man sentenced to death for 2 Neb. murders

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to death for killing two Nebraska men.

A three-judge panel announced Marco Torres Jr.'s sentence on Friday.

Torres was convicted in August on seven counts by a Hall County jury. Among them were two counts of first-degree murder for the 2007 shooting deaths of 2 Grand Island men, 48-year-old Timothy Donohue and 60-year-old Edward Hall.

Torres, of Pasadena, Texas, waived his right for a jury to determine whether he's eligible for the death penalty.

Prosecutors successfully argued Torres should be executed because he committed the murders to conceal a robbery and because 1 of the victims was bound and gagged before death. Those are considered aggravating factors in state law.

http://www.newschannel10.com/global/story.asp?s=11904221

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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 08:39:11 PM »
Does anyone know what's been going on with Nebraska's lethal-injection protocol?

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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 10:24:22 AM »
http://www.theindependent.com/articles/2011/03/02/news/local/13050973.txt

Torres' murder case argued before Nebraska Supreme Court

By Sarah Schulz

Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:37 AM CST

The case of convicted double murderer Marco E. Torres Jr. was argued before the Nebraska Supreme Court this morning.

Torres, 35, of Pasadena, Texas, was convicted by a Hall County jury on Aug. 28, 2009, of killing Timothy Donohue, 48, and Edward Hall, 60, in March 2007 at Hall's home, 1208 S. Adams St.

He was sentenced in January 2010 by a three-judge panel to death on each count of first-degree murder, to 50 years each for robbery and three counts of using a gun to commit a felony and to 20 months to five years in prison for the unauthorized use of a debit card.


Torres' court-appointed attorney, Kirk Naylor, argued today that the trial court erred in admitting evidence relating to Torres' conviction for kidnapping, robbery and two counts of using a gun to commit a felony for an incident that occurred in mid-February 2007 at Hall's home. The victim in that case was William "Billy" Packer.

Naylor argued that the evidence was prejudicial against his client and should have been considered inadmissible under prior bad acts. The evidence was allowed, over Naylor's objection, during the trial for the purpose of showing motive, intent and opportunity. However, Naylor said the state provided other evidence from witnesses to serve that same purpose.

He further argued that, other than the location of the two crimes, he didn't see them as part of the same incident.

"The jury didn't need the grisly details of the kidnapping and robbery to establish that the appellant had been at Hall's house prior to the homicides," Naylor said.

In addition, Naylor argued that the use of a trial transcript by the members of the three-judge panel, two of whom didn't hear direct testimony or evidence, robbed his client of his due-process rights. The information was used to determine the aggravating circumstances for the death penalty.

A notice of aggravation was filed with the charges against Torres. Those aggravators were that the murder was committed in an effort to conceal the commission of a crime or to conceal the identity of the perpetrator; more than one murder was committed at the same time; the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel; and the offender had a substantial prior history of assaultive or terrorizing criminal activity.

The panel determined that Torres was previously convicted of kidnapping and robbery; Hall was bound and gagged before he was shot, causing him to suffer mentally; the men were killed to conceal Torres' identity; and both men were killed at approximately the same time.

Naylor said the panel's finding that Hall suffered mentally shouldn't have been considered as an aggravator. He cited the court's decision in a previous murder case where mental anguish wasn't used as a basis for an aggravating circumstance.

Kirk Brown, an attorney with the Nebraska attorney general's office, argued on behalf of the state.

He began by saying Torres had bragged about the murders to another inmate and had twice tried to plant false alibis with other people. He also tortured Hall by binding and gagging him to the point of causing suffocation. Even without the aggravating circumstance involving mental suffering, there were other aggravating circumstances that would have led to the death sentence in this case, he said.

Brown said Torres waived his right to have a jury for the sentencing phase. By statute, that left the sentencing to a three-judge panel and the trial transcript.

"He can't waive a jury, then claim he was denied due process," Brown said. "If he wanted what he claimed he wanted, he could have had it."

In response to Naylor's argument that two of the three judges on the panel weren't able to view witnesses and determine their credibility, Brown said the transcript included the cross-examination of witnesses and impeachment evidence.

He also added that the evidence concerning the Packer case admitted in the murder trial came with cautionary warnings to the jury as to its use. There was evidence from other witnesses about the same case but, Brown argued, that didn't necessarily reduce the need for other evidence, particularly when one of the state's witnesses was a drug dealer and drug user.

The Supreme Court justices will take the case under advisement and make a ruling in the future.










Photo : The murderer Marco E. Torres Jr. >:(











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Re: Marco Torres Sentenced To Death in 2 2007 Murders Of Nebraska Men
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2011, 10:37:46 AM »
He is of course innocent.........ask Maiken.
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