FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A jury found a Miramar man guilty of murder after his wife’s disappearance in 2012 – a case that’s caused debate since her body was never found.
On Friday, the jury of 6 men and 6 women found Cid Torrez guilty of second degree murder after hours of deliberating.
It took the jury 8 hours over two days of deliberations to convict him.
Torrez did not testify and has always maintained he’s innocent.
The conviction carries a prison term of anywhere from 30 years to life in prison
Earlier, jurors asked to review some pieces of evidence that included an interview Cid Torrez did and the call he made to 911.
Police and prosecutors said Torrez was enraged about his wife seeing other men after their marriage crumbled. They claim his obsession led him to secretly install spyware on her phone.
Defense argued they are the checks and balances of the judicial system. They said that because Vilet’s body was never found there is no definitive proof of exactly what happened to her.
Defense attorney Richard Della Fera said he would appeal the verdict.
Prosecutors said they had plenty of evidence that Cid killed his wife.
The trial over, Vilet’s sister wrote on Vilet’s Facebook page that was set up when she disappeared.
“The other part will never really close until we know where my sister’s body is and we can finally bring her home.”