Eagle Rock continues to wait for the murder trial of David Del Toro *

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The August 2006 murder of Jennifer Flores * left Eagle Rock in shock. Her alleged killer, veteran Los Angeles firefighter David Del Toro, beat and strangled his longtime girlfriend and then dragged her body a mile through the streets of Eagle Rock. Dale’s body was found in the 5200 block of Loleta Lane, where a trail of blood led to Del Toro’s home. But more than 3-1/2 years after the grisly murder, the case has yet to go to trial, reports the Boulevard Sentinel.

“The docket print-out indicates that there has been a pre-trial
hearing about every month for the last three years, since the grand jury returned an indictment on November 7, 2006. His “house arrest” was revoked shortly after, and bail denied.”

Another hearing in the case – which is being overseen by Judge Lance Ito of O.J. Simpson trial fame -was scheduled for last month, the Sentinel reports. Del Toro – who grew up in Highland Park, served as captain of the Franklin High football team and later worked for more than 20 years in city fire department – remains in jail facing felony murder charges and a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison if found guilty.

Correction: A previous version of the story misidentified the victim as Melissa Dale, who was married to Del Toro for about two years. The correct name of the victim is Jennifer Flores.


  1. I like you Eastsider but before you print serious items like this one, you should do some aggressive fact checking. It’s a man’s guilt or innocence and potential LIFE at stake here and he is innocent until proven guilty. The above report is fraught with factual error. It is very bad form to put this stuff in the cyber airwaves without making sure it’s absolutely true. It’s like slanderous cyber graffitti and it definitely impedes the integrity of your blog.

  2. He’s TRIAL is coming! MAY JUSTICE PREVAIL!

  3. I knew Jennifer, she was a very nice girl. My condolences to all who knew her…

  4. i dated jenny for a short while in the mid-80s. she was beautiful and highly intelligent. jenny’s mom died when she was just a child, her dad wasn’t around much, and she needed to fend for herself at a very young age. i can’t tell you how sad that i just found out this happened, she desperately wanted to be an actress and was in a number of plays at east los angeles college. rest in peace, jen-jen, let the perpetual light shine on you….

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