Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend in Montco found not guilty of prior assault

Jim Melwert
December 05, 2019 - 1:37 pm
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — William Torres, the man accused of shooting and killing a woman in her Montgomery County home last week, has just been found not guilty of assaulting her in Maryland. 

Jeanne Edwards, 57, was shot and killed in her home on Dale Road in Huntingdon Valley on Nov. 25. Torres, her ex-boyfriend, is charged with her murder

The Monday before the shooting, 61-year-old Torres was in court in Cecil County, Maryland, on a second-degree assault charge — similar to simple assault — involving Edwards.

Officials in Cecil County say, according to the police report, on the night of the incident back in September, Edwards told police she was trying to end the relationship with Torres and was going to catch a flight. She told police that Torres was trying to pull luggage out of her car and physically restrained her. She said he tore her dress and was trying to take an airline ticket and boarding pass from her as she was trying to leave. She said she kneed him in the head in an effort to get away from him.

But in court, according to transcripts, Edwards testified she was the one who started the physical confrontation, and that Torres tore her dress by accident as he was trying to hold her back.

Based in part on that testimony, Torres was found not guilty.

One week later, police say he bought a shotgun in Maryland, drove straight to Edwards' home and shot her twice. The criminal complaint says Torres pointed the shotgun at Edwards' son as he walked into the house and said, "Your mother ruined my life."

After Torres shot Edwards, authorities say he drove to his girlfriend’s house in Limerick and confessed. The girlfriend called police, and Torres was taken into custody. He's been charged with first- and third-degree murder.