Court denies Mark Torre Jr. motion for dismissal

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Mark Torre Jr., left, and his lawyer Jay Arriola (PNC file photo)

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.

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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.