Update: MMA fighter Joe Torrez will not be charged in home invasion case

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:20pm

Las Cruces MMA fighter Joseph Torrez will not face charges in connection to a deadly New Year's Day home invasion in Doña Ana County.

Officials with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to News Channel Nine, "After a thorough investigation, that included numerous interviews and police field investigations, finger print, DNA and blood type analysis, and a complete autopsy report, the evidence does not exist to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Joseph Torrez killed Sal Garces without legal justification."

Investigators said the details in the case cannot be discussed because five other people are still facing charges of aggravated burglary, conspiracy, and aggravated Battery.

District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said, “The decision not to charge Mr. Torrez is based on the facts and the forensic evidence presented by DASO. In particular, it was the scientific evidence that led to that conclusion.”

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