RENEZMAE CALZADA: New Mexico v Malcolm Torres for murder of step-daughter

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The body of 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada was found Wednesday in the Rio Grande near Santa Clara Pueblo, according to two sources who participated in the search crew.

Authorities called back search parties shortly after the discovery, and started tearing down a command post they had established at Ohkay Casino, ending a search that involved scores of local and state police officers and FBI agents and even more local volunteers.

Malcolm Torres’ trial for the alleged murder of 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada was pushed back nearly a year Tuesday when the U.S. District Court accepted a joint motion from Torres’ defense and prosecutors for a continuance due to the complexity of the case.

Jury selection, with a trial to follow immediately, has been moved from Dec. 2 this year to Oct. 19, 2020.

The Nov. 13 joint motion stated extensive interviews, medical evidence and digital evidence have been collected in the case. Prosecutors reportedly provided the defense with thousands of pages of discovery—or facts of the case—as well as multiple recordings and a modified copy of Torres’ cell phone contents including nearly 30,000 images.

The parties said they will likely need to consult medical and possibly other experts to draft reports, and will each need to collect additional evidence.
 

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kdg411

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So - did jury selection start yesterday? Anyone know?
Per Federal court records the latest entry was 07/29/2020
SECOND AMENDED STIPULATED SCHEDULING ORDER by Chief District Judge William P. Johnson as to Malcolm Torres. Jury Selection/Trial reset for 6/14/2021 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 560 Cimarron Courtroom before Chief District Judge William P. Johnson. Pretrial Conference set for 4/26/2021 at 09:30 AM in Albuquerque - 560 Cimarron Courtroom before Chief District Judge William P. Johnson. (meq) (Entered: 07/29/2020)
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Trial date to be set in trial of Malcolm Torres, accused of murdering stepdaughter​

The trial for Malcolm Torres, the man accused of murdering his five-year-old stepdaughter has been delayed again. Torres is charged with the murder of Renezmae Calzada whose body was found in 2019 in the Rio Grande outside of Española.

The case is moving through federal court and has already been delayed several times with both the prosecution and defense asking for more time to gather evidence. A tentative trial date was set for Monday, Dec. 13 but that has been postponed again.

The newest court filing shows there’s a target date of December 17 to set a trial date.
 

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Trial set for Española man in death of stepdaughter​

An Española man accused of killing his 5-year-old stepdaughter in 2019 has rejected a plea agreement offered by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

Malcolm Torres, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Renezmae Calzada, a Santa Clara Pueblo girl whose body was found in the Rio Grande several days after her mother reporter her missing in September 2019.

He is scheduled to stand trial on the charge in March. Online court records indicate a hearing was held last month to formalize for the court record Torres’ rejection of a plea agreement he’d been offered by federal prosecutors.

The terms of the agreement Torres rejected are “restricted” according to online court records, but minutes of the July 22 hearing indicate it was confirmed during the hearing that Torres’ attorneys discussed the offer with him “multiple times” and that Torres “understands that if convicted at trial he may be sentenced to longer.”
 

GrandmaBear

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Trial set for Española man in death of stepdaughter​

An Española man accused of killing his 5-year-old stepdaughter in 2019 has rejected a plea agreement offered by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

Malcolm Torres, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Renezmae Calzada, a Santa Clara Pueblo girl whose body was found in the Rio Grande several days after her mother reporter her missing in September 2019.

He is scheduled to stand trial on the charge in March. Online court records indicate a hearing was held last month to formalize for the court record Torres’ rejection of a plea agreement he’d been offered by federal prosecutors.

The terms of the agreement Torres rejected are “restricted” according to online court records, but minutes of the July 22 hearing indicate it was confirmed during the hearing that Torres’ attorneys discussed the offer with him “multiple times” and that Torres “understands that if convicted at trial he may be sentenced to longer.”
They offered him a PLEA AGREEMENT?! NO. Smh.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Suspect in Renezmae Calzada’s death rejects plea deal​

The case against Malcolm Torres, the man accused of murdering his stepdaughter, is still headed to trial. In federal court Wednesday, Torres rejected a plea offer from prosecutors. He still has a chance to accept an offer but if that doesn’t happen, his trial is expected to be held next March.
 

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