But prosecutors say a strand of Sierra's hair was found in the trunk of Garcia-Torres' vehicle and his genetic material was found on her trousers and purse found near a shed in a field about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from her home two days later.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of killing a 15-year-old Northern California girl whose body has not been discovered.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court says the verdict will be read at 9 a.m. Tuesday after a three-month trial.
Garcia-Torres had pleaded not guilty to killing Lamar in 2012 in Morgan Hill, a rural community about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of San Jose. He is accused of the kidnapping and murder of Sierra Lamar in Morgan Hill, Calif. A jury found Garcia-Torres guilty of the killing and kidnapping o.
The San Jose, California, jury will reconvene May 16 to determine whether Antolin Garcia-Torres, 26, should be sentenced to death for the killing of Sierra LaMar.
He declined to comment to reporters after the verdict.
Boyd will begin prosecuting the penalty phase next week, and expressed reluctance about discussing the case before that phase of the trial is completed. Investigators say the mud on her clothes suggests she was dragged by her assailant. Jurors will deliver their verdict Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in the murder trial Antolin Garcia-Torres accused of randomly abducting and killing LaMar on her way to school, court officials said.
Police arrested Garcia-Torres two months after she disappeared by matching DNA he had submitted following a previous assault arrest to Sierra's trousers and purse.
Investigators found a strand of Sierra's hair on rope found in the trunk of Garcia-Torres's vehicle. He said he was fishing alone. Morgan Hills is about 70 miles (116 kilometers) south of San Francisco.
The jury also convicted Garcia-Torres of those crimes, which the prosecution characterized as a prelude to the kidnapping and murder of LaMar.
Garcia-Torres lived about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Sierra's house in a trailer he shared with his mother, girlfriend and young daughter.
Prosecutors also pointed to the testimony of three women, all of whom said Garcia-Torres attempted to kidnap them from a Safeway parking lot in Morgan Hill, with the incidents dating back to 2009.
Investigators say Sierra and Garcia-Torres did not know each other and that he randomly made a decision to abduct and kill her.
Investigators said surveillance cameras and witnesses put Garcia-Torres' auto near the area where authorities believe Sierra disappeared. "It's not closure, but it's a good first step".