Day 2 of Torre retrial focuses on text messages, evidence

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GPD Officer Ray Alcantara testifying during the Mark Torre Jr. retrial.

Text messages and evidence at the scene of the crime were the focus of day two in the retrial of Mark Torre Jr.

Elbert Piolo was out partying with Mark Torre Jr. the night he lost his life. But whether or not there was any indication that he would later sustain a fatal gunshot wound was at contention as witnesses were called to the stand to recall the events that transpired prior to the frantic 911 call made by Piolo.

According to one witness at a bar the two men patronized, neither of them appeared agitated. Instead, they may have even hugged.

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That night five years ago, Piolo was in communication with at least two individuals sharing photos of his night out. Taking the stand was Leilani Wong, a former co-worker of Piolo who was assigned to executive detail for the Lieutenant Governor.

Piolo had texted her about an hour and a half before the incident, with Piolo texting he was drunk.

The next witness, GPD Officer Ray Alcantra, spoke about photographic evidence he took outside of the Torre residence, with the focus on a bloodied shirt, blood splatter, an expended bullet, and the gun. Specifically, whether or not the gun had been moved and what the blood splatter indicated.

When he was asked whether there were any fingerprints taken from the firearm in this case, Alcantara answered: “The firearms unit would have done that, sir, the vehicle was impounded and taken to the lab for further evidence processing.”

And when he was asked where the greatest concentration of blood was, Alcantara answered: “I believe right when you go outside, it’s about two feet from the vehicle there’s a large portion and then over in the garage area there’s another portion.”

Trial has been recessed until Tuesday, Aug 18.

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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.