Day 5 of Mark Torre Jr. retrial focuses on Espinola testimony from first trial

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The jury was brought in to listen to playback of the CME's testimony recorded during the first trial. The testimony focused on the CME's initial autopsy report and his amended autopsy report. (PNC photo)

Day 5 of Mark Torre Jr.’s retrial focused on testimony from the first trial involving then Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola who has since retired as Guam’s CME.

The jury was brought in to listen to playback of the CME’s testimony recorded during the first trial. The testimony focused on the CME’s initial autopsy report and his amended autopsy report.

Dr. Espinola’s report stated that the victim, Elbert Piolo, was in a seated position, the shooter was in the passenger seat. In playback, defense attorney Jay Arriola can be heard asking if the assumption was that they were both in the car at the time of the shooting, Arriola confirming that Espinola could only determine that Piolo and Torre were side by side at the time of the shooting.

Playback of the testimony also revealed that there were no defensive wounds found on Piolo, which, Espinola stated, ruled out that there was a struggle.

Arriola’s focus and line of questioning in the playback pushed for Espinola to question the possibility of Piolo committing suicide.

While Espinola was heard stating he ruled out suicide, Arriola’s continued probing ended with Espinola agreeing that in regards to suicide “there’s always a possibility.”

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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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