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Suspect In Sierra LaMar Murder Returns To Court

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Antolin Garcia-Torres. (Santa Clara County Sheriff)

Antolin Garcia-Torres. (Santa Clara County Sheriff)

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SAN JOSE, (CBS/AP) — A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Northern California girl has made his second court appearance.

Antolin Garcia-Torres did not enter a plea to charges of murder and kidnapping in the case of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar on Thursday. He appeared briefly with an attorney in Santa Clara County Superior Court and was ordered back in court on July 10.

The 21-year-old was arrested on May 21 after authorities said Sierra’s DNA was found in his car and his DNA was found inside the teen’s handbag.

Prosecutors say Garcia-Torres could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Sierra was last seen by her family leaving home for school on March 16. Her family is holding out hope that she is alive, but authorities believe she was kidnapped and murdered.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

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