TIMELINE: Sierra LaMar kidnapping, murder investigation case
The penalty phase of the case is underway that will determine if Antolin Garcia-Torres gets the death penalty or life without parole.
They knew as they arrived at the courthouse that this would be an emotional day. It was time for Marlene and Steve LaMar to give victim impact statements, to let the jury know how their daughter's death has affected them.
Marlene sobbed on the stand, finding it difficult to contain her sorrow as she talked about Sierra as a caring person who loved to dance. The hardest part was watching a video of Sierra smiling and lip-syncing to a song.
FULL VIDEO: Sierra LaMar's mother speaks after giving victim impact statement
"It's the first time that I heard her speak live on a video, so that was really hard because I've been avoiding that because it's been so painful just to look at videos of her. But I've been doing it a lot lately this past month," mother Marlene said.
Father Steve also fought back tears watching the video, describing Sierra as goofy and playful with an infectious laugh.
"Hard, it's still hard," he said. "For a long time, probably have only been able to watch videos of Sierra in the last year or so, and it's still hard. I still cry."
FULL VIDEO: Sierra LaMar's father speaks after giving victim impact statement
Tears filled the eyes of several jurors, while convicted killer Garcia-Torres avoided eye contact and didn't look at the slides and video.
The jury looked sad. "The part of the case now is about impact on this jury and what is their moral decision, so there's no question the fact they were emotionally affected by this testimony, will likely have an impact on their decision," legal analyst Steven Clark said.
The penalty phase resumes on Monday.
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Steve LaMar say it has been hard to see #SierraLaMar friends go to prom, graduate & go on to college. Wanted to see her get married.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Prosecution playing a silent video clips of #SierraLaMar being silly. Judge earlier ruled video would play silent to minimize emotions.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Steve LaMar says something is missing every time holidays come around; has become more protective of daughter Danielle, even though she's 27— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Marlene LaMar sobbing; says she's ready to speak. Choked up as she speaks. One juror is wiping face w/tissue. #abc7now— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Gaining composure, Marlene LaMar says #SierraLaMar was mature for her age, insightful. Would poke fun at her mom & make them laugh.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Marlene LaMar says she was in sheer panic the day #SierraLaMar went missing. Went running around like a crazy mother trying to locate her.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Some jurors looking at Marlene LaMar on stand; others looking down or away at times.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Marlene LaMar looking at #SierraLaMar red Converse shoes she wore day she disappeared. (Mother is wearing red & asked others to wear red.)— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Marlene LaMar crying as #SierraLaMar video shows her lip-syncing to song. Steve LaMar watching with hand holding his head up, sniffling.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017
Court taking a 10-minute recess after this very emotional segment. Defense attorney pats Garcia-Torres on his shoulder as jury exits.— David Louie (@abc7david) May 18, 2017