Anticipation builds as Sierra LaMar jury reaches verdict

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The jury has reached a verdict in the capital murder case against Antolin Garcia-Torres, who is accused of killing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar. It is set to be announced at 9 a.m. Tuesday. (KGO-TV)

The jury has reached a verdict in the capital murder case against Antolin Garcia-Torres, who is accused of killing Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar. It is set to be announced at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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There's anticipation Monday on both sides of the five-year criminal case.

Legal analyst Steven Clark is surprised the jury in the Sierra LaMar murder trial reached a verdict after only two days of deliberations. "What it shows me is this is a group that got to work right away, they worked together collaboratively," he said. "Factions didn't build up in the deliberation room."

Garcia-Torres is charged with first-degree murder if he's found guilty, he faces the death penalty.

The prosecution says he killed LaMar and that his DNA was found on her discarded clothing and in his car.

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The defense says the DNA evidence is flawed and since LaMar's body has not been found, this is nothing more than a missing persons case.

"Is it possible that Sierra LaMar could still be alive," questioned Clark. "And if that is the case, that could explain why they came back so quickly -- if they felt that the DA didn't prove that Sierra LaMar was in fact, dead."

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LaMar's father Steve talked to ABC7 News the first day of deliberations. "It's been a long trial, but it's just a blink of an eye compared to how much time we haven't had Sierra with us," he said.

Garcia-Torres is also on trial for the attempted kidnappings of three women in a Safeway parking lot.

There will be four separate verdicts read at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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