- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The trial in a New Mexico freeway shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl is tentatively set for October 2016.

Tony Torrez, the suspect in the Oct. 20 shooting in Albuquerque, appeared in court Friday for a scheduling hearing. He’s charged with first-degree murder, shooting at or from a moving vehicle, assault and tampering with evidence.

Authorities say Torrez shot at a pickup truck driven by the father of preschooler Lilly Garcia on Interstate 40 amid a road-rage dispute.

The girl was riding in the backseat. She was shot in the head and pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital.

Torrez is jailed without bond as he awaits trial.

The deadline for attorneys to reach a plea deal in the case has been set for August. The trial date is Oct. 31.

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