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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.
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 His “house arrest” was revoked shortly after, and bail denied.”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.