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Tony Torres Sentenced To Death For Double Murder

2:52pm Update
Tony Torres has left the courtroom after being sentenced to death for murders of Ray and Ann Emery Ann Emery is a British actress. She is the sister of actor and comedian Dick Emery.

Educated at Mrs Smith's School for Young Ladies and the Cone Ripman School, she excelled in tap dancing, which led to her first stage role as a Babe in Babes In The Wood
.  Before he left, Torres addressed the judge and said, “The jury can judge my flesh but only God can judge my soul.”
Several family members of the convicted killer ran out of the courtroom crying after the verdict. 

Torres told reporters after leaving the courtroom that he “didn’t think he received a fair trial.”

Solicitor Trey Gowdy is now speaking with Ray and Ann Emery’s family before they leave the courthouse.

2:15pm Update
The jury has sentenced Tony Torres to death.

2:06pm Update
Everyone has been called back into the courtroom.  We think the jury has a verdict. Torres is being brought in now.

1:00pm Update
The judge has charged the jury to begin deliberating whether Tony Torres should receive life in prison or the death penalty.  The jury should begin discussions Thursday Afternoon.

Oct. 23, 2008
10:42am Update
In a surprise move, Tony Torres just stood before jurors, as his defense lawyers wrapped up their closing argument in the penalty phase of his trial.  For the first time during the week long trial, Torres cried as he spoke to jurors.  He told them, “There’s no way I can turn back the hands of time.  I wish I could.” He went on to say, “It hurts me, hurts me deeply to stand in this courtroom, knowing I’ve been found guilty of killing my best friends parents.” Evidence shown during the trial said that Torres killed Ray and Ann Emery, after getting into an argument with their son.  Torres ended his comments by saying, “I’m not asking to die.” Family members of the Emery emery: see corundum.

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’s along with Torres’ mother, Lisa Lamb, wept as the 28 year old spoke.

The jury has now been dismissed for a short break.

When they return, the judge will charge them to begin deliberations, and decide whether Torres should get life in prison or death.

10:20am Update
The state has rested in the penalty phase of the trial of Tony Torres.  Solicitor Trey Gowdy ended by showing jurors one of the most graphic crime scene photos of Ray and Ann Emery after they were murdered.  Public defender public defender, governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was  Clay Allen now has the floor.  He is recounting to jurors a long history of mental illess for Tony Torres.  The defense says Torres’ diagnosis of bipolar disorder bipolar disorder, formerly manic-depressive disorder or manic-depression, severe mental disorder involving manic episodes that are usually accompanied by episodes of depression.  when he was young makes him prone to violent outbursts.  Allen is arguing for jurors to sentence the 28 year old to life behind bars, saying he could benefit from mental therapy while in prison.

Jurors will begin deliberations once Allen’s closing argument concludes.

9:59am Update
Closing arguments have begun in the Spartanburg trial of Tony Torres, accused of killing Drayton couple Ray and Ann Emery last year.  Solicitor Trey Gowdy is currently giving jurors a graphic and emotional argument, for why they should sentence the 28 year old Torres to death.  Beginning on Tuesday, the state presented powerful testimony to argue why Torres deserved the death penalty.  Gowdy told jurors this morning that Torres “knew the difference between right and wrong” when he committed the crime.

Defense lawyers will address the jury next.  Wednesday, they presented a long and detailed history of Tony Torres’ childhood, including his diagnosis of bipolar disorder at a very early age.  Attorneys argued the disorder left Torres unable to control his violent outbursts.  They say he would benefit from mental therapy in prison, and should receive life behind bars.

The jury will begin deliberating once closing arguments conclude.

Oct. 22, 2008
3:30 p.m. Update
A psychiatry psychiatry (səkī`ətrē, sī–), branch of medicine that concerns the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, including major depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety.  expert has told the jury that hours before Tony Torres violently murdered Ray and Ann Emery, he told Ray Emery Raymond "Ray" Emery (born September 28, 1982 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a starting ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.[4][1] He has been awarded multiple honours, with the majority while playing in numerous minor leagues. ’s son that he was going to kill his family.

Dr. Donna Schwartz-Watts told the jury that in the early morning hours of May 11, 2007, Torres got into a fight with Chuck Emery outside the Emerys’ home in Drayton. The doctor said at the time, Torres had a powerful cocktail of drugs and alcohol in his system. She said, in reviewing his arrest records, that he told Chuck Emery he would kill his family. Hours later, he beat Ray and Ann Emery to death with a hammer and raped Ann Emery.

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. She was called to testify by Torres’s defense attorneys as they try to show the jury that Torres has no control of his violent outbursts because of a bipolar disorder.

This is the first time during the trial that either side has mentioned the threats made to the Emerys’ son. Chuck Emery was not called to testify during the guilt phase of the trial.

The defense has rested its case in the penalty phase of Tony Torres’s double murder trial.

The jury will return at 9:00am Thursday to hear closing arguments and then it will begin deliberating whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

2:20 p.m. Update
Testimony has resumed in the penalty phase of Tony Torres’s double murder trial.

The defense has now called Dr. Donna Schwartz-Watts, a forensic psychiatrist with Medical University of South Carolina. She reviewed Torres’s medical records and is telling the jury that mental health treatment in prison could benefit Torres. The defense wants the jury to sentence him to life in prison instead of death.

12:55 Update

Court has recessed re·cess  
a. A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit.

b. The period of such cessation. See Synonyms at pause.

 until 2:00 this afternoon in the penalty phase of Tony Torres’s murder trial.

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, a psychiatric psy·chi·at·ric
Of or relating to psychiatry.

psychiatric adjective Pertaining to psychiatry, mental disorders
 expert hired by the defense, testified that he believes Torres would respond to and benefit from psychiatric treatment inside the Department of Corrections. The defense is arguing that Torres should be sentenced to life in prison.

During cross-examination, prosecutors pointed out that Torres has repeatedly refused to comply with medical treatment. They also got Dr. Morton to state that being on methamphetamine methamphetamine (mĕth'ămfĕt`əmēn): see amphetamine; methedrine.  does not make someone murder people.

The state is seeking the death penalty.

11:45am Update

A psychiatric expert is now testifying about convicted killer Tony Torres’s drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. William Alexander

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 Morton says by age 16, Torres was drinking up to a liter of vodka vodka (vŏd`kə), traditional spirituous drink of Russia, the Baltic states, and Poland; it is now consumed internationally. The best vodka is distilled from rye and barley malt, but the cheaper corn and potatoes are commonly employed.  a day. He says he went on to use large amounts of marijuana marijuana or marihuana, drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates. , cocaine, meth meth
Methamphetamine hydrochloride.
, LSD LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide (lī'sûr`jĭk, dī'ĕth`ələmĭd, dī'ĕthəlăm`ĭd), alkaloid synthesized from lysergic acid, which is found in the fungus ergot ( , painkillers, ecstacy, and prescription drugs prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, .

Dr. Morton testified that on the day and night before Torres beat Ray and ann Emery to death with a hammer, he used 3 - 5 grams of methamphetamine, Klonopin (a prescription tranquilizer tranquilizer, drug whose action calms the central nervous system, decreasing emotional agitation without impairing alertness. Tranquilizing drugs differ from hypnotic drugs such as barbiturates in that they do not act on the brain's cortical areas but rather on its ), and drank a 12-pack of beer and more than a liter of vodka.

**11:00am Update**

Tony Torres’s mother just told the jury that when he was 14, he kicked and stomped the family dog until it suffered internal bleeding. At the time, he was at home for a weekend visit during his long stay at a psychiatric home.

Lisa Lamb said at age 7, her son was diagnosed as being “bipolar (1) See bipolar transmission.

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 chemically imbalanced” and spent the next ten years of his life in and out of psychiatric units until at age 17 he was told he had to go home because of his age.

**10:20 Update**

The mother of convicted killer Tony Torres is telling a jury about his childhood behavioral problems.

Testimony resumed Wednesday morning in the penalty phase of Torres’s murder trial. The 28-year old Spartanburg man was convicted on Sunday of beating neighbors Ray and Ann Emery to death with a hammer, raping Ann, robbing them, and trying to burn their home.

Torres’s mother, Lisa Lamb, is testifying that her son, as early as 14-months old, had violent emotional outbursts. She detailed for the jury her numerous attempts to seek help for him. She said when he was 3-years old, she took him to the psychiatric unit at Medical University of South Carolina where he stayed for about 6 weeks. She said when he was in the first grade at Lone Oak Lone Oak can refer to:
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 Elementary, his teacher would call her asking her to come pick up Torres.

“They wanted me to get him to prevent him from harming other children and harming himself,” Lamb told the jury.

She went over detailed notes of her son’s numerous visits to psychiatric wards for treatment. She took him back to MUSC MUSC Medical University of South Carolina
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 when he was in the third grade. But she said his violent outbursts continued. The next few years saw Torres in and out of behavioral treatment centers in the Upstate. He eventually came to live at a treatment home at the School for The Deaf and Blind. He lived there from age 11 to 14, coming home to visit on weekends.

Lamb is still on the stand at this hour. The defense is arguing that Torres should be sentenced to life in prison and not be given the death penalty.

The state made its case Tuesday for why Torres should be put to death, putting forth graphic crime scene photos of the bodies of Ray and Ann Emery. Ann’s daughter also testified about the love between her mother and Ray and the pain their violent deaths caused her family.

The defense is hoping to get a life in prison term for Torres in the murders of Ray and Ann Emery in their home in Drayton. Torres was found guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery, criminal sexual conduct Criminal Sexual Conduct refers to criminal activities with a sexual component. This more modern catchall term encompasses rape, sexual battery, molestation, and so on. In some states, criminal sexual conduct is charged by degree, e.g., first degree, second degree. , burglary and attempt to burn.

The 7th Circuit Solicitors Office is seeking the death penalty for Torres.
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