BREAKING: Police Officer Indicted on Charges of Murder

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The grand jury returned a true bill indicting Officer Mark Torre Jr. just in time to meet the deadline for an indictment.

Guam – Murder charges against Guam Police Officer Mark Torre Jr. have just been solidified by a grand jury which returned a true bill indicting him in the shooting death of fellow officer Sgt. Elbert Piolo.

 

It was supposed to be a preliminary hearing but instead it turned into a return of the grand jury.

After Officer Torre was initially charged in Superior Court, the Attorney General’s Office had 10 days to get a grand jury indictment. However, the Superior Court scheduled a preliminary hearing for Officer Torre in the event an indictment was not handed down within those 10 days.

Today was the 10th day and the grand jury reportedly began deliberations at 9 am and spent the entire day in deliberations. The indictment came in at the eleventh hour, just in time to meet the deadline.

At 5 pm, Judge Michael Bordallo and the panel of 21 jurors emerged and announced that a true bill had been returned indicting Officer Torre on the following charges:

– Murder as a first degree felony by a vote of 16 to 5. (Special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony by a vote of 16 to 5.)

– Manslaughter as a first degree felony by a vote of 20 to 1. (Special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony by a vote of 20 to 1.)

– Aggravated Assault as a second degree felony by a vote of 17 to 4. (Special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony by a vote of 17 to 4.)

– Aggravated Assault as a third degree felony by a vote of 20 to 1. (Special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony by a vote of 20 to 1.)

Meanwhile, Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydingco says he’s satisfied with the indictment. He says the next step is to begin preparing for Officer Torre’s high profile trial.

Officer Torre is accused of shooting Sgt. Piolo in the early morning hours of July 13 at the Torre residence in Yigo. 

Piolo spent nearly 16 years on the force and was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 25 at the Our Lady of Peace Memorial Gardens in Windward Hills.

You can read the indictment by clicking on the file below.

Indictment_CF0421-15.pdf