16-Year-Old Faces Charges as Adult in Murder Case

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UPDATE (1/12): A 16-year-old, who's now considered an adult under the law, was served an indictment Friday morning.

He is being charged with murder, tampering with a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence. 

Sebastian Torres is one of four accused in the death of Chayse Olivarez of Rio Grande City. 

The teen is in custody at a detention center for juveniles. Since he is underage, he must remain separated until a proper adult jail facility becomes available. 

Since Torres won't be tried as a juvenile, he no longer faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison but instead faces life in prison if convicted. 

He's being held on a $1.5 million bond for each individual count, which totals $4.5 million. 

The Starr County District Attorney's Office says an appeal was filed by the defense minutes after the transfer was finalized. That appeal seeks to contest the transfer of Torres' case to the State District Court. 


RIO GRANDE CITY – A transfer was granted to move a juvenile’s case to adult court in connection with the murder of a Starr County teen. 

The teen, and defendant, is charged with tampering with a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

Chayse Olivarez, 17, was killed over the summer. His body was found on a ranch days after his disappearance.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS is working to gather more details about that suspect now being tried as an adult.

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