Child Killer, Noe Torres Convicted by Jury
Clovis, NM- Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced today that after a week-long jury trial, Noe Torres, age 36, was found guilty by a Curry County jury of First Degree Murder along with attempt and conspiracy to commit murder as well as shooting at a dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence. The jury deliberated less than two hours before returning their verdict.
Torres was convicted of the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez on September 15, 2005, while the child lay sleeping in his bed. Torres is the last of five defendants who were charged and convicted in this case. Torres is a longtime fugitive who was arrested in Mexico and brought back to the United States in January of 2012.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and the case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andrea Reeb, and Assistant District Attorney, Matthew Andrasko. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Stacey Ward of Los Lunas, NM.
District Attorney Reeb said, “After 10 long years, Carlos Perez and the Perez family have finally received justice. This is the culmination of an agonizing 10-year chapter of many people's lives, including mine, Agent Dan Aguilar, and mostly the Perez family. We are glad to bring it to an end today. My hope is that now the Perez family can finally get some much deserved closure. “
Judge Tatum ordered that a sentencing be postponed to a later date. Torres faces life in prison, plus 35 years.