Los Lunas attorney to represent accused killer Noe Torres

CNJ staff

Los Lunas attorney Stacey Ward said she agreed Friday to represent accused child killer Noe Torres.

Ward said she has been in talks with Torres’ mother and after receiving a down payment, Ward agreed to represent Torres.

During an Aug. 12 hearing, Judge Drew Tatum told Torres he change attorneys.

Ward said she filed the required paperwork by the Friday deadline.

During the hearing Tatum said Torres’ trial date would be set after Torres’ attorney was decided upon.

Torres told Judge Drew Tatum there was a conflict of interest because his attorney, Jesse Cosby, represented a defendant who was later convicted in the 2005 shooting of Carlos Perez, the case in which Torres is charged with murder.

Cosby told Tatum he represented Edward Salas as a juvenile offender. Salas was found guilty of murder in the 2005 shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.

Tatum said there is no conflict of interest because the previous case had nothing to do with the 2005 shooting.

Torres was a fugitive for almost seven years after he was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the killing of Perez, who was shot in the head as he lay sleeping in a bedroom shared with his brother. Torres, who has repeatedly protested his innocence, was caught in January 2012 outside a religious compound in Chihuaha, Mexico, after he wrote appealing to Gov. Susana Martinez asking for her help.

Edward Salas, his brother Demetrio Salas and a friend, David Griego, were convicted for their part in Perez’ death. It is believed Torres fled New Mexico soon after investigators started digging into the gang-related slaying.