Trial update: Torres told police 'just shoot me' during arrest - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Trial update: Torres told police 'just shoot me' during arrest

Cristobal Torres, 29 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Cristobal Torres, 29 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The trial is underway for a man accused of killing a Lubbock teen in a drive-by shooting back in November 2011.

29-year-old Cristobal Torres is charged with murder after police say he admitted to firing a gun at an SUV. 16-year-old Joe Louis Martinez, who was riding in the SUV, died later at UMC.

According to an arrest warrant Torres admitted to firing a .40 caliber handgun four times in the direction of the SUV back in November 2011.

In a statement given to police, Torres says he went to Club Rio that Friday night with his friend, Phillip Gonzalez Jr.

Torres told police there was an argument between his group of friends and another group about a fight from a different night that involved Gonzalez.

Both groups left the club. Torres said Gonzalez was driving down 34th Street near Avenue P when he saw the other group's SUV coming toward them. Torres said he then pulled a gun out of the glove box and fired four times over the hood of the car while Gonzalez kept driving.

Martinez was shot, and was able to make it to another location where he called 911. EMS took him to UMC where he later died from his injuries.

After giving his statement to police, the arrest warrant says Torres called his mom and told her he had killed someone.

Although he admitted to firing a gun toward the SUV in interviews with police, Torres is pleading not guilty.

Gonzalez is also charged with murder. He has a negotiation conference scheduled for May 15.

On Tuesday, the jury heard testimony about the seven .40 caliber shell casings found on Avenue P near 34th Street. They also heard the emotional audio from the 911 call, and saw graphic pictures of the back seat of the SUV where Martinez was shot in the head.

Two gang unit officers described Torres' arrest. They told jurors they saw Torres jump in the back of a truck. They made a felony stop and told Torres to put up his hands.

Torres told them, "Okay, you got me," but only put one hand up.

Officers told him to put his hands up a second time and Torres said, "Just shoot me." The officers say Torres finally complied on the third time, and he was arrested.

Torres trial will continue Wednesday morning.

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