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Lake County announces new arrests in killings of Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias, as well as Fred Reckling, all once linked to other men

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Lake County prosecutors this afternoon announced new murder charges in two notorious slayings that had been attributed to other men until DNA pointed away from the suspects.

The announcement comes on the same day prosecutors dropped rape charges against a man whose case was also torpedoed by DNA evidence.

Prosecutors have charged Jorge Torrez, 23, with killing 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias in a Zion park in 2005. Jerry Hobbs, Laura’s father, spent five years in jail awaiting trial for the crime before semen evidence found in one girl’s body was matched to Torrez, according to court records, and Hobbs was released in August 2010. Hobbs had confessed to the crime, though he said his confession was coerced during nearly 24 hours of interrogation.

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