A local fundraiser supporting the Sierra LaMar fund, which makes ongoing search efforts possible, looked to be a success Thursday night in Morgan Hill. Even customers who were not aware of the fundraiser were happy to contribute to the cause.
Ongoing search volunteer, Debbie Kunz-Nunes, helped to organize this local grassroots fundraiser with the support of Morgan Hill restaurant, Margaritas Bar & Grill.
According to the event’s organizer, Debbie Kunz Nunes, “the evening was a huge success. I have a new love for the Morgan Hill community.”
Family, friends and volunteers filled the restaurant with smiles and hope while raising 15% of the night’s proceeds for the search fund and reward money offered to anyone who provides information leading to the prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for Sierra’s disappearance.
It’s been more than a year and a half since Sierra’s vanished and the arrest of Antolin Garcia Torres, the lead suspect in the in Sierra’s disappearance.
Garcia Torres appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court last Thursday when he, again, refused to enter a plea.
The ongoing delay is characterized in court documents (PDF) as a back-and-forth between prosecutors and defense attorneys over the sharing of evidence. But dispute appears to have been settled, and the defense is supposedly just asking for more time to review the evidence.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge, Sharon Chatman, refused to enter a plea on Antolin’s behalf and set a new hearing date for March 3. At that time, it is expected that a date for the preliminary hearing will be set, and Garcia Torres should also enter a plea.
Written by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International
Additional source: NBC Bay Area