Texas Jeweler Found Guilty of Murder

A Texas jeweler was found guilty of murder Jan. 29 in the shooting death of a traveling jewelry salesman, and sentenced to life imprisonment. The jury in the Seguin, Texas, trial of jeweler Alejandro Torres, 27, took only two hours to reach their verdict. Torres had been charged with the murder of Majid "Mike" Zerovabeli, 38, and theft of diamond jewelry, valued at over $500,000, that he was carrying. Zerovabeli, employed by H & J Namdar in New York City, disappeared last year while on business in Texas. His last stop was Feb. 21, 2001, at Torres' MRT Jewelry store in Sequin, east of San Antonio. W. C. Kirkendale, district attorney for the 25th judicial district of Texas, told JCK that Torres failed a Feb. 27 FBI lie detector test, then confessed to Texas Rangers that he had killed Zerovabeli. He led agents to his parents' property in a nearby town where he had buried the salesma

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