The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 15, 2013

Ashtabula man facing charges in deaths of wife, step-daughter awaits new trial date

Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — A 33-year-old Ashtabula man, who faces nine charges in connection with the Oct. 5, 2012 deaths of his wife and step-daughter, is awaiting a new trial date, according to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gilberto Torres, 32, incarcerated at the Ashtabula County jail, was scheduled to go to trial this past Tuesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, but at the request of his attorney, the case has been continued, records show. A new date has not been set.

The case has been assigned to Common Pleas Judge Ronald Vettel’s court.

Torres is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, four counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of having weapons while under disability in the case of Amparo “Patty” Torres, 40, and Hilda Garcia Rodriguez, 20, who were killed at their Ashtabula home on Kain Avenue.

If convicted, Torres could spend the rest of his life in prison.

He is being held in jail on a $500,000 cash or surety bail, court records show.

At his arraignment, he  pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all charges. He was represented by his court-appointed attorney, Ariana Tarighati.

According to their autopsy reports, Patty Torres died from a gunshot wound to the head, and her daughter, Hilda, died from affixation by smothering, said Rich Mongell, chief investigator for the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.