Closing arguments presented in Mark Torre Jr. retrial

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Atty. Jay Arriola makes his closing argument

Closing arguments in the retrial of Mark Torre Jr. were presented Tuesday with legal counsels telling jurors what they believe the evidence in the case shows.

Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallan played the 911 emergency call GPD officer Elbert Piolo made the night he was shot.

The last thing heard in the call is Piolo stating “he shot me, he shot me.”

The government continued to play the 911 call that transpired with Torre as Piolo could be heard in the background wailing in pain. The 911 dispatcher attempted to gather information regarding what transpired and where the incident occurred.

But there are two sides to every story and defense attorney Jay Arriola fought equally hard for his client Mark Torre Jr., arguing that there is no evidence placing the gun in his client’s hands and despite the evidence presented by the government, there are still lingering questions which means reasonable doubt remains.

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Arriola stressed to the jury that Torre had no motive to hurt Piolo stating that all the witnesses who saw the two out together partying at the bars did not report any altercation between Piolo and Torre, instead indicating that everyone was happy.

Arriola further pointed out the testimony of then Chief Medical Examiner Dr Aurelio Espinola.

He stressed the inadequacy of Dr. Espinola’s autopsy report, stating that it took him only 30 minutes to conduct the examination on Piolo and that Espinola never went to the scene of the incident.

The jury will deliberate on the evidence and come to a conclusion — whether Mark Torre Jr is innocent or guilty and whether negligent homicide and other charges against him — will stick.

Torre’s fate is now in the hands of the jury.

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Jolene Toves
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.

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