“I feel the proof exhibits I by no means ordered to kill this child,” Modesto Torrez advised his household.
That call is now within the palms of a 12-member jury who will decide whether or not the federal government proved Torrez referred to as for Forsman’s homicide on the Flying J truckstop in Grand Forks and was a pacesetter of a meth distribution ring within the Pink River Valley.
The jury opted to start its deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday after closing arguments within the case wrapped Wednesday afternoon.
Jurors heard testimony from 17 witnesses introduced by the federal government, 4 of whom have been among the many 12 co-conspirators charged alongside Torrez in a superseding indictment addressing the homicide and the meth trafficking ring that spawned it. Torrez is the lone alleged conspirator to go for a jury trial. The remaining, together with shooter Krystal Lynn Feist, have all pleaded responsible and lots of have been sentenced.
In closing arguments, Myers reminded jurors of testimony stating Torrez had partnered with Ryan Franklin, and instructed Franklin to go to the Twin Cities on two events to select up a complete of eleven kilos of meth and convey it again to the Purple River Valley for distribution. He reminded them of witness testimony that Torrez requested Feist if she might get a gun, and eyewitnesses to the homicide recalling Feist yelling “Sure or no!” into the telephone at Torrez earlier than capturing Forsman.
“She does not bounce out and do that on her personal,” Myers stated. “She’s asking for clarification.”
He described everybody else within the case, together with Feist, as small-timers following orders.
“They’re minions,” Myers stated of the co-conspirators, displaying the jurors a photograph of a Pixar Minion holding a bong in a PowerPoint slide. “They work for him.”
Protection lawyer Charles Inventory advised jurors the federal government rejected variations of the story they did not like till co-conspirators, every looking for to keep away from prosecution or harsher sentences, informed investigators what they needed to listen to: that Torrez ordered the capturing.
“What the federal government introduced here’s a made-for-TV plot,” Inventory stated.
He requested why prosecutors did not name for Lorie Ortiz, who witnesses say was with Torrez the night time of the capturing, to testify. He referred to as into query inconsistencies within the testimonies of Torre Risberg and different witnesses, and reminded them Risberg was a cooperating authorities informant who modified his statements to regulation enforcement a number of occasions.
“The federal government was not essential of its investigation of its personal witnesses,” Inventory stated. “Torre Risberg led the federal government on a…