It appears the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering 15-year-old Sierra LaMar won't be entering a plea anytime soon. According to press reports, 21-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres' lawyer dropped him yesterday, citing a conflict of interest issue.
Here's the conflict: Public Defender Ken Mandel's Office is already representing Garcia-Torres' father, Genaro Garcia, who is also sitting in Santa Clara County Jail.
NBC reports that Garcia was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a relative. He's been charged with 11 counts of lewd and lascivious acts, and three counts of aggravated sexual assault with a minor under 14.
Garcia-Torres, who appeared in court again yesterday, is not expected to enter a plea until July 31 with his new attorney.
Meanwhile, volunteers continued to scour the grounds looking for LaMar, who was last seen on Mach 16 as she was getting ready for school. She never made it to class that day, and police later found her clothing and cellphone on the side of the road.