Man pleads not guilty in wife's murder

Cid Torrez charged in wife's death; Vilet Torrez last seen in March

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The man accused of killing his wife pleaded not guilty to a premeditated first-degree murder charge.

Cid Torrez issued a written plea of not guilty Thursday.

Last week, police released the arrest affidavit after a grand jury indicted Torrez. He was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with killing his wife, Vilet Torrez.

Torrez reportedly told police that he last saw his wife March 30. The couple was married but didn't live together. Friends said both planned on getting a divorce.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cid Torrez told police he picked his children up that afternoon and when he came home about midnight, his wife wasn't there and neither was her car. He added that she never returned home.

Surveillance video showed Vilet Torrez driving into the gated community about 5:17 a.m. March 31 after a night out with her boyfriend, and that she made two calls to her husband's cell phone two minutes later, according to the affidavit. Police said Cid Torrez denied receiving those phone calls.

READ: The arrest affidavit

The oldest daughter of the couple told police she woke up early March 31 to what sounded like a dog howling, stated the affidavit.

The girl told police she then heard either her father or mother crying, and said she went back to sleep because she believed she heard her mother.

"It's incredible that he went to that length to murder his wife when the children are sleeping upstairs," said Javier Blanco, Vilet's brother.

According to the affidavit, a friend of Vilet Torrez told police that Vilet planned on divorcing her husband, and said that he abused her. The friend said she saw bruises on Vilet's body.

Another mutual friend of the couple who attended group counseling sessions at a church in Hialeah with Cid Torrez said he wanted to kill his wife's boyfriend, and asked where was the best place to hide a body and how to get an illegal gun.

Three days after Vilet Torrez was last seen, Cid Torrez spoke on the phone with the same friend, who urged him to call and report that his wife was missing, stated the affidavit. Police wrote that Torrez didn't ask for help finding his wife.

A pastor at that church also told police Torrez showed up to a retreat a few weeks after his wife was last seen, but didn't ask for help finding her.

"Nobody really took it to the extreme that it should have been taken," said Blanco.

A man who works with Cid Torrez said Torrez once showed him a program he used to monitor his wife's cell phone. Torrez said that's how he found out his wife was cheating on him.

The affidavit states that Cid Torrez told police he spent nine hours at Hollywood Beach alone on April 1st because he fell asleep in his car, adding that he then swam in the ocean and got his car detailed. Police said cell phone records showed no activity on his phone for over 20 hours that day, making it impossible for investigators to obtain a GPS location on his phone during that time.

Police also wrote two cadaver dogs detected the odor of human remains in the trunk and backseat of Cid Torrez's car and at their home.

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