Murrieta man accused in deadly DUI crash in Palm Springs heads to trial

A Murrieta man accused of killing a 25-year-old motorist in an alcohol-fueled wreck in Palm Springs must stand trial on second-degree murder and other felony charges, a judge ruled Tuesday, Feb. 2. Michael David Torrez, 36, declined to challenge the government’s evidence at a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. The move prompted Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky to rule there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as two felony counts of driving under the influence resulting in injuries. Torrez reentered “not guilty” pleas, as is required following a preliminary hearing. Torrez, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, is scheduled to return t
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