Miami man convicted of murdering mistress, dumping body near Everglades

03/21/2014 1:50 PM

03/22/2014 10:09 AM

Jurors late Thursday convicted a man accused of fatally shooting his Miami Lakes mistress and dumping her body near the Everglades.

Roque Torres, 64, was found guilty of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. The jury deliberated only two hours.

He is facing at least 25 years in prison at a future sentencing. Torres earlier turned down a 10-year plea deal.

Prosecutors said that Torres shot Marisol Ramon during an argument inside his sports utility vehicle in May 2010. He abandoned his blood-soaked car, but not before dumping Ramon’s body along a rural road just south of Palm Beach County.

Torres then fled to Central America, where he was later arrested in Nicaragua.

Defense attorneys said the state, with no eye witnesses and little evidence, had not proven that Torres was the one who pulled the trigger. They said Ramon was a jealous, possessive mistress who actually shot herself — accidentally during a struggle over a pistol, or in a suicide — inside the SUV.

Torres’ lawyer, Alex Michaels, is asking Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Eric Hendon to dismiss the verdict despite the jury’s decision. A hearing is set for Thursday.

“There is no evidence. It was verdict based on emotion, not on facts,” Michaels said Friday.

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