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Illinois judge to rule next month on DNA in ex-Marine's case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 16, 2017

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A northern Illinois judge will rule next month on whether DNA evidence can be used at the trial of a former Marine accused of fatally stabbing two girls.

The (Waukegan) News Sun reports that a Lake County judge heard arguments last week in Jorge Torrez's case and will rule Aug. 30. Torrez is charged with the 2005 killings of 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias in Zion. Prosecutors say Torrez stabbed the girls while they played in a forest preserve.

Defense attorney Jed Stone says the DNA isn't complete enough to be used at trial. Prosecutors disagree.

Torrez previously was convicted in the 2009 slaying of a Navy petty officer in Virginia. He also has received life sentences for stalking attacks on three women in Virginia in 2010.

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This undated photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Jorge Torrez. The defense attorney for Torrez, a former Marine who is accused of fatally stabbing 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias in Zion, Ill., on Mother’s Day in 2005, says he will argue at trial that Jerry Hobbs, one of the victim's father who was previously exonerated in the killings is responsible. A date for Torrez's trial hasn't been set.
LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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