Woman accused of diverting murder probe out on PR bond

Alejandra Torres

A woman who is alleged to have lied to authorities investigating the possible murder of a man in June — including diverting investigators to search for a suspect and a vehicle that did not exist — was issued a personal-recognizance bond in court on Friday.

Alejandra Denise Torres, 26, was home in the 2900 block of N. View Drive on June 17 when Travis Carothers, 36, was shot and killed nearby.

John Stene, 27, admitted shooting and killing Carothers, but said Carothers had been holding him at gunpoint during a robbery attempt.

The district attorney has said Stene will not be charged with murder, citing evidence that corroborates Stene’s story of self-defense.

Torres, according to an arrest affidavit, told investigators that night that she saw a possible suspect leaving the scene — a man “mumbling” and walking casually away and into a small dark-colored truck.

Her story allegedly was false, and investigators spent time and resources looking for the man and the truck.

Torres also allegedly was involved in moving a vehicle that was key to the case, and additionally lying when she said she barely knew Stene.

Stene, in fact, ran into the house where Torres was immediately after the shooting.

Prosecutors had been seeking a high cash-only bond in Torres’ case on Friday, but Mesa County Court Judge Michael Grattan issued a personal-recognizance bond in the case.

Grattan did say the decision was a difficult one, calling it the “toughest of his day” during a busy session in court on Friday.

Torres is set to return to court on Aug. 11.

Another woman, Ashley Jaime, 24, is wanted on similar charges of lying to investigators in connection with the case.

As of late Friday, she was still at large.


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