Brothers charged in bus stop slaying charged with another crime

Leonard Torres, Eduardo Torres accused of giving man a ride, shooting him

SAN ANTONIO – A pair of brothers jailed on capital murder charges have been accused of taking part in a robbery in November, authorities said.

Police said less than two weeks after Leonard Torres, 24, and Eduardo Torres, 25, robbed and killed a 21-year old man at a Southside bus stop, they picked up and attempted to rob another man at an apartment complex in the 7500 block of Old Corpus Christi Road.

According to an arrest affidavit, a 25-year-old man told police he was on the way to a store after leaving his girlfriend's apartment when the Torres brothers offered him a ride.

The man told police that he was sitting in the back seat with Leonard Torres when he demanded money from him, the affidavit said. When the man refused, Torres shot him three times, including at least once in the neck, according to the affidavit.

The man, who picked the brothers out of a photo lineup, told police the brothers then pulled over and pushed him out. He ran back to his girlfriend's apartment and called police.

It's not the first robbery gone wrong for the Torres brothers.

The brothers were arrested in December and charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Nathan Valdez, 21.

According to arrest affidavits from the Oct. 24 slaying, surveillance footage showed Valdez walking near a bus stop on South Presa near Conrad Street when someone attacked him from behind. The footage showed that Valdez and his attacker get into a scuffle and, at one point, showed the attacker raising his arm toward Valdez, who collapses as the attacker flees to a waiting SUV.

Valdez, who died about seven days later from a gunshot wound suffered in the scuffle, was missing his phone and about $50, the affidavit said.

Eduardo Torres was arrested on Dec. 29 and turned around and accused his brother as the one who robbed and shot Valdez, while he admitted to being the one behind the wheel, the affidavit said.

Leonard Torres was booked into the Bexar County Jail the next day, and the pair have remained there since.

The brothers each face an aggravated robbery charge on top of the capital murder charge.

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Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.