Case dismissed against son charged with Franklin Co. mom’s killing
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. – The murder case against a Richland man arrested in connection with the murder of his mother, Estela Torres-Rodriguez, has been dismissed, according to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carlos Rodriguez Torres, 31, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder on May 1 for allegedly helping his brother and father with his mother’s killing.
Estela, 54, went missing on Mar. 28 and has since been presumed dead.
Her son Clemente Rodriguez Torres and estranged husband Tiburcio Larios Rodriguez are both wanted for her murder. They remain at large.
After further review of the case, the prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday that more evidence would be necessary before Carlos’ case could go to trial. His trial was initially scheduled to begin on June 24.
Prosecutors said that the charges have been dismissed “without prejudice,” which means they can refile charges if deemed appropriate.