BRAWLEY-The People vs. Scotty Dunin De La Torre preliminary trial was scheduled to be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 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 Torre’s Public Defender, wasn’t present at the trial due to a previous engagement in Winterhaven. The Honorable Judge Brook Anderholt said since De La Torre’s 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.