Murder trial for North Platte man is underway

Keith Allen during his trial for first degree murder.
Keith Allen during his trial for first degree murder.(Tim Johnson/North Platte Telegraph)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 1:15 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 4:18 PM CDT
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Day two of the Keith Allen murder trial got underway in Lincoln County District on Thursday.

Allen is accused of killing 25-year-old Brett Allen Torres in May 2020. Allen was 43-years-old at the time.

North Platte Police Department Investigator Justin Erickson took the stand and provided a timeline to a 12 person jury of the events leading up to the shooting death of Torres during five and half hours of testimony.

The jury was shown pictures of the crime scene, the .45 caliber that was used in the murder, to hearing the disturbing 911 calls that were made to dispatch after the shooting.

The jury also got a better understanding of the possible motive and the relationship between Torres and Amanda Beall, who originally made the first 911 call.

Allen lowered and touched his head and wiped his nose with tissue paper while the 911 tapes played.

Investigator Erickson also painted a picture of a toxic abusive relationship between Torres and Beall, who at the time was “going back and forth between Torres and Allen.”

Day three of the trial will begin Friday at 8 a.m.

According to the North Platte Police Department, law enforcement was called to the 100 block of North Chestnut Street on May 22, 2020.

Authorities found Torres unresponsive inside his vehicle, which was parked in the alley. He was transported to Great Plains Health by ambulance.

According to police, Torres was shot several times with a .45 caliber handgun.

Keith Allen faces two class 1A felonies: murder in the first degree and use of a firearm to commit a felony.