Judge: Man accused in Golden Gate killing had gun residue on hands, clothes

Abraham Eckman

Abraham Eckman

Ernest James Torres

Ernest James Torres

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— A Golden Gate man accused in the August shooting death of Ernest "Ernie" Torres had gunshot residue on his hands, shirt and jeans at the crime scene, a Collier County judge said Friday.

Judge Rob Crown also said at least two witnesses told detectives Abraham "Abe" Eckman, 23, had threatened to kill Torres, 25.

Crown's comments, which provided details the Sheriff's Office would not release Thursday, came at a first-appearance hearing where the judge withheld bond for Eckman.

Deputies arrested Eckman on a warrant for second-degree murder Thursday at the Naples Jail Center. He is accused of shooting into Torres' bedroom at 2248 54th Terrace S.W. shortly before 5 a.m. on Aug. 4.

Eckman, who said nothing at Friday's bond hearing, has been behind bars since Aug. 6, when he was arrested on a related warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon.

After Eckman made a post-Miranda statement at the scene about owning guns, detectives obtained a search warrant and found firearms and ammunition at his house at 5400 23rd Court S.W., an affidavit said. Crown said the weapon was consistent with the weapon used to kill Torres.

Eckman and Torres had been arguing about a woman who is the mother of Eckman's child and at the time was in a relationship with Torres, court records said. Jessica Loredo, a childhood friend of Torres, described the situation as a "love triangle."

Torres' mother said she hopes Eckman will "never see the streets again."

"He needs to suffer for what he did: coming up to my house, shooting my son through the window while he was sleeping," Linda Torres told NBC-2. "It's just horrible. It's horrible for what I had to deal with, and I don't have a child now."

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