Sierra LaMar Case: Suspect's Attorney Steps Down Over Conflict of Interest
Here's the conflict: Public Defender Ken Mandel's Office is already representing Garcia-Torres' father, Genaro Garcia, who is also sitting in Santa Clara County Jail.
NBC reports that Garcia was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a relative. He's been charged with 11 counts of lewd and lascivious acts, and three counts of aggravated sexual assault with a minor under 14.
Garcia-Torres, who appeared in court again yesterday, is not expected to enter a plea until July 31 with his new attorney.
Meanwhile, volunteers continued to scour the grounds looking for LaMar, who was last seen on Mach 16 as she was getting ready for school. She never made it to class that day, and police later found her clothing and cellphone on the side of the road.
Police have been tight-lipped about what kind of DNA was found; however, they confirmed it was not blood. Still, prosecutors believe they have a solid case, despite the fact that neither LaMar's body nor a murder weapon has been found.
Prosecutors say Garcia-Torres is eligible for the death penalty.
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