A contested preliminary hearing for Dodge City resident Jesus Andres Torres, 28, has been continued to Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.
A contested preliminary hearing for Dodge City resident Jesus Andres Torres, 28, has been continued to Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. Torres was charged June 15 with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The charges stem from an Aug. 26, 2011 incident in which Torres is accused of stabbing Gabriel Rivera with a knife.
Ford County court records indicated the stabbing was gang-related.
Torres has a criminal history including an assault on an officer in 2008, several traffic violations, a DUI, criminal damage to property, a 2007 charge of carrying a concealed firearm and several debt collection cases.
Torres' original bond of $500,000 was modified to $75,000 June 20 at a motion for bond review. He bonded out June 27 under the conditions that he reports to court services and has no contact with the victim, witnesses or co-defendant. Torres is subject to random urinalysis tests and home visits and is also allowed no gang contact or association, no drug or alcohol use and is not allowed to leave the state.
Torres will be represented by defense attorney Charles A. O'Hara.
In a contested preliminary hearing, prosecutors must convince the judge that there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed and that the defendant committed the crime. If probable cause is established, the case will proceed to trial. If the judge decides there is not probable cause that the defendant committed the crime, the charge could be dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor for trial in court.