Torture charges may be added to the murder charges againstÂ James Collin, 62, of Orinda, who is accused of killing his Â girlfriend,Â Evangeline Cumbe Devera, in their Orinda home on June 26.
If Collin is convicted of the murder charges currently against him, he could receive a sentence of life in prison. If he is convicted of the murder charge with the torture charge as a special circumstance connected to the murder, the prosecutors could argue for the death penalty.
Devera was killed due to being hit repeatedly by a 2 1/2-foot-long machete, according to police.
Collin will return to court on Aug. 2 to enter a plea.