Accused killer linked to Santee murder, La Jolla home invasion

Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 21:36:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Family members descended on the El Cajon courthouse Tuesday, wearing t-shirts in honor of Leticia Arroyo, who was shot to death last October in her townhouse in Santee.

They came to watch the preliminary hearing for 21-year-old Jose Nunez-Torres, charged with her murder.

Steven Chavez told 10News, "My sister was a very loving person, big heart, very funny; was a leader and will definitely be missed every day."

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Nunez-Torres, along with Gustavo Cerone, is also accused of a home invasion in La Jolla less than a week later.

Two men climbing through a kitchen window and confronted by the homeowner who had heard a loud thud and came to check.

Robert Hill, Jr. testified that he heard a thud and went to the kitchen to investigate. There he encountered two men wearing bandanas.

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The first, he said, "wheeled around with a pistol and approached me, pointing it at my face."

He said he later had the gun pressed against his temple. The robbers left with only a little cash and some credit cards.

The hearing is expected to last several days. At its conclusion, Judge Robert Amador will decide if there’s enough evidence to warrant a trial.

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