Opening statements set today in Danville double-murder trial

Opening statements set today in Danville double-murder trial

DANVILLE — Opening statements are scheduled this morning in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Danville couple and dumping their bodies in a wooded area a few miles west of town about three-and-a-half years ago.

Glen Torres Jr., 30, of Danville, faces eight counts of first-degree murder in the August 2015 deaths of Theodore "Teddy" Hill and Zarra Strickland.

The trial, presided over by Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey, began Monday afternoon with the selection of a nine-woman, three-man jury (with a female and male alternate), and is expected to run through the middle of next week.

The bodies of Mr. Hill, 27, and Ms. Strickland, 28, were discovered early morning on Aug. 3, 2015, on the edge of a property at 322 Western Ave., in a rural neighborhood just west of Danville and north of U.S. 150. Autopsies revealed they had been shot.

Torres, who was on parole for a weapons conviction in 2012, was arrested in Danville on Oct. 24 and has been held in the Vermilion County Jail on a $10 million bond since then.

At a news conference following Torres' arrest, sheriff's Capt. Mike Hartshorn said the couple was shot in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu on Logan Avenue near Kimber Street on Aug. 2, then their bodies were driven to Western Avenue and dumped along a treeline on the property, according to an eyewitness who had been cooperating with investigators.

Hartshorn said Mr. Hill had allegedly committed a series of robberies and burglaries in Danville, and his murder was allegedly done in retaliation for those incidents.

He added that Ms. Strickland was not involved in the thefts, but happened to be with her boyfriend when he was killed.

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