$1 million cash bail for Ornellas

Donovan Ornellas

Murder suspect Donovan Ornellas has been held on a $1 million dollar cash bail, with the government citing the gruesomeness of the crime.

Ornellas’ court-appointed attorney, Gloria Rudolph, made no objections and gave no response when the government requested that her client be held on a million dollars bail.

Ornellas was arrested on Wednesday for the brutal beheading of Andrew Castro. Castro was bound to a wheelchair and was discovered decapitated by his wife when she returned home from work.

The government stated that in his decade of service as an attorney on Guam he has never come across a case like this. Pointing out that Ornellas not only beheaded Castro but removed the head from the scene of the crime and took it to another part of the island, possibly attempting to get rid of evidence.

Ornellas does not have a criminal record. In fact, he was once employed at the Department of Youth Affairs.

Superior Court Judge Jonathan Quan, in setting the million-dollar cash bail, deemed that Ornellas is a flight risk as he is facing a significant amount of time behind bars.

He also noted that Ornellas has a drug addiction and thus poses a danger to the community.

Ornellas is facing murder and aggravated assault charges both with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

A hearing is set for February 1, at 4 pm.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.