Wrongful death trial against APD concludes

Created: 03/14/2014 5:33 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Closing arguments wrapped up Friday afternoon in a civil suit against the Albuquerque Police Department.

APD is accused of wrongfully killing Christopher Torres when they went to serve a warrant on a road rage incident back in April of 2011.

The Torres Family's claim all along is that their son Christopher was wrongfully killed by APD on April 12, 2011. For the Torres family, Friday marked the end of events in the courtroom. But closure for Christopher's father is still a long way away.

"It's not over. The judge still is going to give everybody a chance to submit and for written closing arguments. There's still a number of motions that I'm sure are going to happen. There's still a lot of work to do," Steve Torres said.

The defense's claim is that Christopher Torres was off his medication for treating schizophrenia. They also claim Torres had spice in his system when they went to serve a warrant. Defense attorneys say there was a struggle with officers and that officers had to shoot Torres.

The Torres Family is asking for $4,000,000 for the wrongful death and taking of Christopher's life. For the Torres family, it's not about the money but more about holding APD accountable. They hope they will change how APD deals with people in crisis.

"This is just one part. No matter what happens here, we're still going to continue with our efforts to try and bring about some change. This isn't going to stop what we're doing," Steve Torres said.

Any submissions by either side will have to be given to Judge Bacon by May 2 to look it over. And there's no exact time frame for the judges written decision on the $4,000,000 civil suit. 

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