Teen to be tried as adult for grandfather’s murder - KMSP-TV

Teen to be tried as adult for grandfather’s murder

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Ruth Portillo Ruth Portillo
Lorenzo Moreno Lorenzo Moreno

A 16-year-old girl will be tried as an adult in the murder of a Dallas grandfather. She told her probation officer that she and her boyfriend wanted to be like Bonnie and Clyde.

Ruth Valerie Portillo is now sitting in jail for capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Dallas police said she is the mastermind behind the attack that left 66-year-old Lorenzo Moreno dead.

Moreno's adult children showed up in court when a judge decided that the teen would be tried as an adult rather than a juvenile.

"She didn't have no remorse. She, I mean, straight face, just like a smirk, you know. Just like a small smile on her face. And, you know, just sitting there like nonchalant," said Jossie Cisneros, Moreno's daughter.

The girl's inability to show any emotion in court cut deep.

"It actually made me mad, made me upset," Cisneros said. "She's gonna get what she deserves. You don't just come in and take someone's life."

Police said Portillo and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Jose Alfaro, planned the attack that was actually intended for Cisneros' daughter. The two were once friends but had a falling out.

She allegedly showed up to the family's southeast Dallas home with a group of teens and they strong armed their way in. Once inside no one was spared.

They beat Moreno's wife, granddaughter and adult son.

Moreno stepped in when it looked like they were going to shoot his wife.

"My dad, he's not gonna let anybody harm my mom. He loves my mom. They'd been married for so many years," Cisneros said. "So they shot him one time. All it took was one time. And, they shot him in the chest."

Portillo is the first in the group to be certified as an adult and likely won't be the last. There are two more juveniles who face certification hearings.

A grand jury will decide if there is enough evidence to go on with a trial.

If convicted, Portillo could be sentenced to life in prison. She is also eligible for parole.

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