Sierra LaMar murder trial begins in San Jose courtroom

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Alternate jurors were chosen as the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing Sierra LaMar began Monday. (KGO-TV)

Alternate jurors were chosen before the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing Sierra LaMar began Monday.

Antolin Garcia-Torres has pleaded not guilty.

Three jurors on the case have been excused for medical reasons - that meant eight alternates were needed. The prosecution went first, showing the jury of six women and six men the last known photo of then 15-year-old Sierra, taken the morning of her disappearance.

The prosecution outlined its case by telling the jury about DNA evidence it will present that it says links Garcia-Torres to Sierra's death - including a strand of her hair found on a rope that investigators found in the trunk of his car - and DNA on a pair of Sierra's dirt-stained jeans that very likely belongs to Garcia-Torres.

The defendant sat calmly in court, looking at times at the jury and other times at a TV monitor where evidence was displayed.

Sierra disappeared in 2012 while on her way to school in Morgan Hill. Her body has never been found.

If convicted, 25 year old Garcia-Torres could face the death penalty.
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