BRAWLEY- Scotty De la Torre, 27, walked into the Brawley Courtroom on Friday September 5, 2014 around 10:25 a.m. for his pre-trial murder appearance. As the Honorable Donal B. Donnelly read off the allegations towards De la Torre, the court room filled with audible whisperings.
Public Defender Jon Willis stood next to De la Torre as he proceeded to ask the judge for a later date in trial. De la Torre then agreed to give up his rights to a speedy preliminary quick trial and the judge pushed his preliminary date to Thursday September 18, 2014 at 9 am at the Brawley Court house.
De la Torre is on trial for alleged murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while being intoxicated and also for DUI Alcohol/Drugs with Bodily Injury.
On August 10, 2014, De la Torre was driving a full size SUV and failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Highway 86 and Wildcat. De la Torre impacted into the vehicle stopped at the intersection which then launched into 58-year-old Brawley resident, Richard Casey, trapping him in his vehicle which became engulfed in flames, resulting in Casey’s death.
De la Torre was arrested at the hospital after the accident and then booked into Imperial County Jail for suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, bail was set at $100,000.