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Man accused of murder claims police have wrong man

Antonio Torres denies involvement in murder of Roy Ruiz

SAN ANTONIO – Two shots fired at close range killed Roy Ruiz, 35, just after midnight on Nov. 4, 2013.

As the murder trial of his accused killer, Antonio Torres, moved into its second day Wednesday, prosecutors played the video of Torres’s interview with San Antonio detectives.

“You’ve got me mistaken for somebody else, sir,” Torres told detectives. “I’m serious, you’ve got me mistaken for somebody else.”

The night of the murder, police interviewed several people who were at a house in the 1300 block of Keats Street, the scene of the murder. One woman identified Torres in a photo lineup.

Police said Torres had told them that he had gone to the home to talk with Ruiz’s girlfriend and her mother.

During his interview with police, Torres repeatedly denied any involvement in Ruiz’s death.

“I need to get your story, Antonio, because right now as things look, there is a lot of evidence that you killed this man,” Detective Raul Cardenas told Torres.

“They couldn’t have seen me there, sir. They couldn’t have,” Torres said, when Cardenas told him that witnesses had seen him there.

The day after the interview, police arrested Torres and charged him with murder. At the outset of his trial on Tuesday, he still insisted that he was not guilty.

Testimony is expected to continue on Thursday in Judge Jefferson Moore’s 186th District Court.

If he’s convicted, Torres faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.


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