Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
COUSINS WHO PROVIDED EACH OTHER’S ALIBI 13 YEARS AGO CHARGED WITH MURDER OF ONE OF
THE MEN’S GIRLFRIEND
*A brother charged with accessory and dissuading a witness
Sam Lopez, 35, and Xavier Lopez, 35, cousins from
On February 12, 1994, Cathy Torrez, 20,
A week later, the victim’s red Toyota Corolla was discovered in the parking lot of
In 1997, forensic testing linked Xavier Lopez’s DNA and fingerprint to evidence found in the victim’s car. No physical evidence linking Sam Lopez was detected at the time. In June of 2007, additional forensic testing was completed on newly tested pieces of evidence. Sam and Xavier Lopez were linked to the crime through DNA. Armando Lopez is accused of helping his relatives conceal the murder and telling a witness not to give evidence to law enforcement.
Formed in 1997, TracKRS stands for Task force review aimed at catching Killers, Rapists and Sexual offenders. The unit assists local law enforcement in the discovery, investigation, and apprehension of homicide and violent sexual offenders, using modern technology. TracKRS focuses on homicide cases and sexual assaults and maintains a database of information on more than eight thousand cases dating back to 1960.