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Judge denies bond to man who allegedly shot mom's boyfriend

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Bethany Freudenthal, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 4:30 p.m. MT Aug. 9, 2019

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The man accused of punching his mother and shooting her boyfriend on Embassy Drive during a fight last weekend, will remain in jail until his trial.
Bethany Freudenthal, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – The man accused of punching his mother and shooting her boyfriend outside a home on Embassy Drive last weekend, will remain in jail until his trial. 

Andrew Jason Torres, 35, sat quietly Friday in Third Judicial District Court as he listened to testimony from the victim, his sisters and one of the detectives who investigated the incident.

The hearing was to determine whether Torres should be incarcerated until his trial.

Citing three prior DWI’s and previous issues not complying with court orders, Judge Douglas Driggers ruled in favor of the state’s motion for detention, denying Torres’ request for bond. 

Torres is charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He’s also charged with misdemeanor counts of battery on a household member, negligent use of a deadly weapon, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Torres’ younger sisters, Natasha and Desirae Muñoz, defended their sibling in court. Each said she was shocked when she heard about the incident, and described her brother as as a loving and protective person. 

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Family feud

The day before the Saturday, Aug. 4, incident, Torres allegedly got into argument with his mother and her boyfriend, allegedly asking his mother to choose between him or her boyfriend. 

On Saturday, Torres allegedly took his mother’s truck without permission. When he arrived back at the house, his mother attempted to take the keys and Torres allegedly responded by punching her.

Ascencion Aguira, the mother’s boyfriend, then intervened. Aguira testified that he punched Torres to get the keys and that’s when Torres allegedly shot him and then fled from the scene. 

Torres ended up driving to Albertsons on North Main to seek medical attention. He was later arrested at the grocery store. 

Andrew Jason Torres, 35, of Las Cruces, appears in court Friday  Aug. 9, 2019. Torres allegedly punched his mother then shot her boyfriend during a fight Aug. 4. A judge denied bond for Torres.

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Andrew Jason Torres, 35, of Las Cruces, appears in court Friday  Aug. 9, 2019. Torres allegedly punched his mother then shot her boyfriend during a fight Aug. 4. A judge denied bond for Torres.

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Ascencion Aguira testifies in Third Judicial District Court Friday Aug. 9, 2019, about the day his girlfriend's son allegedly shot him.

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Natasha Muñoz, Andrew Jason Torres' younger sister testifies in court Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, that her brother is a big teddy bear, dependable and the definition of what a big brother should be.

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Through tears, Desirae Muñoz testifies in court Friday Aug. 9, 2019, that her big brother is lovable, a protector and is someone who is always there when needed,

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Andrew Torres' defense attorney Tyler McCormick in court Friday Aug. 9, 2019, said his client was substantially injured  in a fight.

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Third Judicial District Court Judge Douglas Driggers ruled Andrew Jason Torres, 35, was a danger to the community during a pre-trial detention hearing Friday Aug. 9, 2019. Torres is accused of punching his mother and shooting her boyfriend during a fight.

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Prosecuting Attorney David James interviews the man Andrew Jason Torres is accused of shooting, during a pre-trial detention hearing in Third Judicial District Court, Friday Aug. 9, 2019.

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Punch out 

Prosecuting Attorney David James told the court he doesn’t doubt Torres is a good guy, but the combination of alcohol and firearms have an adverse effect. 

Aguira testified that every that this was not the first time Torres has been in possession of a firearm while drinking, and that Torres drinks “everyday, all day.” 

James told the court the events of that night speak for themselves: “He punched his mother when she was trying to get the keys, the boyfriend … punched him as he was trying to drive away using non-lethal force, and the defendant responded by using deadly force.”

Defense attorney Tyler McCormick said Aguira’s punch, or punches, left Torres bloodied with a broken jaw and several stitches.

“(Aguira) punched him as a boxer would and this put my client in fear of great bodily harm,” McCormick said.

Bethany Freudenthal can be reached at bfreudenthal@lcsun-news.com, 575-541-5449 or @bethanyfreuden1 on Twitter. 

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