Torrez, 35, is accused of ordering the homicide of 24-yr-previous Austin Forsman, who died within the parking zone of the Flying J after being shot within the head, and main a methamphetamine ring that trafficked bulk quantities of the drug. All the different 12 individuals charged in a superseding indictment within the case have pleaded responsible.
Krystal Lynn Feist pleaded responsible Feb. 27 to murdering Forsman with a shotgun and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31. She is predicted to be referred to as as a witness within the trial.
On Friday, Torrez’s cousin Aaron Lee Morado, took the stand to explain an evening fueled by meth and botched preparations to purchase extra meth that led to Forsman’s homicide earlier than his eyes.
Morado, 28, stated he started promoting meth in early 2016. Torrez would entrance Morado a half-ounce of meth for $800, which means Morado had the product up entrance and was anticipated to pay again the cash after promoting what he had.
Certainly one of his clients was Forsman, who he stated had been an in depth good friend for about 10 years. He stated Forsman would usually purchase a eightball, or three.5 grams of meth, at a time. He testified that he’d additionally often promote meth to Feist.
On March 10, 2016, Morado had an issue. He’d gone via most of what his cousin had fronted him and was nowhere near having what he owed.
“I owed $600, and I might smoked most of it,” Morado testified.
Holed up within the former Howard Johnson motel on Gateway Drive in Grand Forks, Morado stated he referred to as Forsman. He testified to giving Forsman 2 grams of meth, and stated Forsman gave him $600. He deliberate to pay Forsman again with money and extra meth when he might meet up with Torrez.
Forsman’s good friend, Cody Schnichels, additionally testified to being on the assembly on the Howard Johnson Friday, and advised the jury about the identical association.
Schnichels testified that on March 9, he booked a room within the C’Mon Inn in his identify so Forsman and Forsman’s girlfriend Kayla Nagel might keep there for a couple of days whereas Forsman tried to keep away from his parole officer.
Morado stated he met with Torrez to drop off the cash, however didn’t obtain extra meth, so he began ducking Forsman’s calls.
Shortly after midnight March eleven, Morado testified to returning to his room on the Howard Johnson and noticed Forsman, who needed reimbursement.
He testified that Forsman appeared OK with the state of affairs after studying Morado can be getting the meth within the morning, however that Forsman did not absolutely belief him, and needed Morado to remain shut till he acquired his cash or meth.
As the lads have been getting ready to return to…