BRAWLEY-The People vs. Scotty Dunin De La Torre preliminary trial was scheduled to be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 Â at the Brawley Court.
De La Torres’ mother sat in the front row with her eyes closed, holding her gold cross to her mouth whispering a silent pray while her son entered the room. 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, 27, was driving allegedly under the influence when he failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Highway 86 and Wildcat. De La Torre impacted into the vehicle which launched into 58-year-old Brawley resident Richard Casey, trapping him inside his vehicle that became engulfed in flames and resulted in the death of Casey.
Jon Willis, De La Torreâ€™s Public Defender, wasnâ€™t present at the trial due to a previous engagement in Winterhaven. The Honorable Judge Brook Anderholt said since De La Torre’s Â Public Defender was not able to be there that his Preliminary Trial has been moved yet again to a later date on October 16, 2014 at 9 a.m. inside the Brawley Courthhouse.