Vilet Torrez

Report: Man charged with wife’s death accused of hitting her in 2003

At least once before, the man accused by authorities of murdering his wife in Miramar was accused of domestic violence, Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported Thursday night.

Cid Torrez, 39, is charged with the murder of his wife of 14 years, Vilet Torrez. Vilet Torrez, 38, disappeared from the couple’s Miramar community on March 31, 2012, and has not been seen since.

The case against her husband has been based on the recollections of friends and coworkers who portrayed Cid Torrez as a violently jealous husband who refused to let his estranged wife be with another man and alluded to killing her.

But until Thursday night, Cid Torrez’s attorney and family had insisted they had not heard of Torrez beating his wife. They focused on how there were no calls to the couple’s Miramar home to report abuse.

Thursday, CBS 4 reported there had been reports of violence by Cid Torrez before — in Miami-Dade County.

CBS 4 reported that Miami-Dade police records show that in 2003 Vilet and Cid Torrez got in a public fight at a Miami Lakes car dealership. During the argument, Cid Torrez grabbed his wife and pushed her into a wall, CBS4 quoted the report as saying.

It was unclear if anything happened as a result of the fight. Cid Torrez has no criminal record in Miami-Dade, according to online court records.

Torrez’s defense lawyer, Richard Della Ferra, did not return calls to CBS 4 for comment.

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