Trial will proceed in the case involving the shooting death of GPD police officer Elbert Piolo. The accused Mark Torre Jr.’s motion for dismissal has been denied and jury selection will begin tomorrow.
The decision to deny the motion for dismissal was made by presiding Judge Arthur Barcinas. However, the order did not provide an explanation for the decision.
Torre’s motion argued that the time had run out on the speedy trial clock and that part of the delay was caused by the Judiciary of Guam not making efforts to re-assign the case to a general jurisdiction judge in a timely manner.
The government argued that time remains on the clock and laid the blame for the delay on Mark Torre Jr.’s camp.
While no explanation was provided for the decision at this time, Judge Barcinas wrote that the order is forthcoming and it will include the court’s reason for the decision.