Jury selection in Tornquist murder trial begins - KOTA Territory News

Jury selection in Tornquist murder trial begins

Catherine Tornquist Catherine Tornquist
After a lengthy investigation, 28-year-old Matthew Tornquist of Hot Springs is on trial for allegedly killing his mother Catherine Tornquist in October 2011.

Monday, prosecutors and Tornquist's defense team chose a jury comprised of 8 women and 6 men, two of which will serve as alternates. will hear two weeks worth of testimony. 

The prosecution intends to prove that Tornquist killed his mother and disposed of her body; which still hasn't been found. Prosecutors maintain that Tornquist's alibi isn't sound; that he stole money from his mother.

If there is a guilty verdict, Tornquist will receive a mandatory life sentence.

The trial is scheduled to go through to July 18th in Rapid City.

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