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Man charged with latest murder in local custody
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The man charged with killing his roommate in the Trelawney subdivision has been brought back to Newton County from Alabama, where he was caught while trying to flee in April.


Abel Torres, 28, of Victorville, Ca. was extradited and booked into the Newton County Detention Center June 5. Torres had been arrested in Birmingham, Ala. on April 26 on board a bus headed towards California, just hours after the alleged murder of his roommate, Fernando Gonzalez, 29, also from California.


Two other men were visiting Torres and Gonzalez at the house at 170 Trelawney Circle when the alleged murder occured. They fled the scene and flagged down a Georgia State Patrol trooper around 4:50 a.m., reporting that their friend had just been murdered, said GBI spokesperson John Bankhead in an earlier interview.


When NCSO deputies went to the house, they found the front door open, Gonzales' body inside and all the occupants' cars still parked at the house.


An investigator with the District Attorney's office came up with the idea of checking the taxi manifests and found that a man matching Torres' description had taken a taxi to an Atlanta bus station and purchased a ticket for California, according to NCSO spokesperson Investigator Sharron Stewart.


Torres faces two counts of murder, two counts of false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and three counts of aggravated assault.


The incident did not appear to be connected to drugs, Bankhead said earlier. Torres and Gonzales had moved into the house several months before and generally kept a low profile, said neighbors.