'The witch hunt ends here,' Cid Torrez says after status hearing

Torrez convicted of killing estranged wife whose body has never been found

By Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Cid Torrez, who was convicted of killing his estranged wife, was vocal in court Monday at the end of his status hearing, making bizarre statements yet again as he addressed Local 10's cameras, saying, "the witch hunt ends here" before he was subdued by bailiffs.

"Get a hold of the FBI, Secret Service ... the witch hunt ends here," Torrez said. 

Torrez was convicted over the summer of murdering his estranged wife, Vilet Torrez, whose body has never been found.

Following strange statements he made in his last hearing, the judge denied his request to address the court after his hearing wrapped up Monday, as prosecutors had already left.

Still, Cid Torrez looked toward Local 10's cameras, saying to call the Secret Service and the FBI.

This was the second time he made such remarks.

He first made bizarre comments earlier this month during his sentencing hearing, which prevented the sentencing from even taking place. 

During that hearing, Cid Torrez told his attorney that he's been hearing voices for months. 

That brought up the question if Cid Torrez was mentally competent during the trial this summer.

Both the prosecution and defense want to sift through phone calls Cid Torrez made in jail to see if there were any bizarre comments made then.

The judge, not buying it Monday, said Cid Torrez seemed fine to her each time she spoke to him.

"We all can agree that Mr. Torrez did not say or do anything during the trial that I would view -- or the court or the state would have called into question his competency," Judge Lisa Porter said.  

Vilet Torrez was last seen on surveillance video leaving her gated community sometime after 5 a.m. on March 31, 2012. 

The estranged couple's eldest child testified during Cid Torrez's trial that her father was at the home the last night her mother was seen alive. 

Detectives have also said cadaver dogs detected the odor of human remains in the trunk and backseat of Cid Torrez's car and at the couple's home in Miramar. 

A follow-up status hearing is scheduled for Friday.


 

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