Arrest affidavit for Cid Torrez describes anger at estranged wife
Dec 07, 2012 (Sun Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
FORT LAUDERDALE -- As marriages go, Cid and Vilet Torrez's 13-year-union was ugly, distrustful and violent, if the allegations in a Miramar Police arrest affidavit prove to be true.
Cid Torrez was arrested Nov. 21, and a Broward County grand jury indicted him Thursday for the murder of his missing wife.
She was last seen March 31 when video surveillance showed her returning from a date before dawn to her Harbour Lakes town home, where her estranged husband was inside with their three children.
He maintains she never arrived. And he didn't report her missing until April 2.
Among the probable cause arguments for a premeditated murder charge that Miramar Police Det. Jonathan Zeller made in the arrest affidavit:
-- Cid Torrez told a 911 dispatcher, "Saturday, she wasn't here, all right And, Friday, as a matter of fact, Saturday morning or Friday night, she didn't come to sleep, and then I don't know about Saturday, and now Sunday, I definitely did it, so..."
Asked by the dispatcher, "You did what ", Torrez said, "I mean, um, it was 1 o'clock and she didn't show up either."
--He had filled out divorce paperwork in March 2012 but was waiting to pay the lawyer to file it.
--Vilet Torrez did not show up for work at a Doral bathroom remodeling company as planned on Saturday, March 31 or Sunday, April 1.
-- Vilet was dating a colleague, a man called Zoe Rodriguez, from Miami, and left his home at 4:30 a.m. March 31, and was tracked by Sun Pass and cellphone to a 5:21 a.m. arrival at her townhome and appeared on entrance surveillance video.
--Cid Torrez confided in a friend that he wanted to kill Rodriguez; he accused Vilet of cheating on him and asked how to obtain an illegal gun and where the best place would be to bury or hide a body. According to police, he also told the friend, Carlos Prada, 'If I don't have her, you know nobody will' and 'Either she's with me or she's dead." He asked the couple's mutual friend to help install cameras to keep track of Vilet's house and car.
--Prada had to convince Torrez to report Vilet's disappearance, two days after she was last seen.
-- Two other friends -- a best friend of Vilet's and a counselor from the church where the former high school sweethearts worshipped -- both told police about the couple's marital problems that included seeing bruises on her body and her complaints that he hit her. In the month after Vilet's disappearance, Cid asked members of a church retreat to speak on his behalf at a child custody hearing but did not ask them to help find his wife.
Ltrischitta@Tribune.com, 954-356-4233 or Twitter @LindaTrischitta
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