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Suspect in Road-Rage Killing of Child Indicted

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The New Mexico man accused of a road rage shooting on a freeway that left a 4-year-old girl dead last month has been indicted on murder and other charges.

A grand jury returned an indictment Friday charging Tony Torrez, 32, with seven counts, including first-degree murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, assault, and tampering with evidence in the Oct. 20 killing of Illiana "Lilly" Garcia on Interstate 40, according to court documents.

The grand jury left open a count of manslaughter as an alternative to first-degree murder. Torrez is accused of opening fire on a truck during a road-rage incident on the interstate at around 3 p.m.

Lilly, who was riding in the truck with her older brother and father after being picked up from school, was struck in the head and killed.

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A judge called the shooting "possibly one of the most wanton and atrocious acts as alleged I think in the history of this city."

The tampering with evidence charge alleges that Torrez tried to hide his vehicle after the shooting. He was arrested a day after the shooting. Albuquerque police have said Torrez confessed.

Torrez is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque in lieu of $650,000 cash-only bond, according to jail records.

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