Defense attorney accuses Justin Meno prosecution of withholding information

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The autopsy on former inmate Justin Meno has not yet been finalized.

Guam – It appears that the prosecution may be attempting to withhold documents from the defense related to the beating and death of former inmate Justin Meno.

In court today, defense attorney for Albert Santos, William Pole, informed the court that the government denied his request for documents pertaining to the internal affairs interviews of DOC officers who were investigated as a result of the beating of former inmate Justin Meno.

According to Pole, the prosecution also has not turned over outstanding discovery to include the medical reports and autopsy report conducted by Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola.

As you may recall, the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Justin Meno’s death as “undetermined” indicating that Meno did not die from injuries he sustained from the beating, instead his death was the result of a pre-existing tumor in his throat.

While a verbal determination was made by Espinola in September, the prosecution informed the court that a written autopsy report has not been completed.

A motion to compel evidence has been filed by Pole, however, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo will not make a decision until October 31.

Judge Bordallo is providing the prosecution with two weeks to follow up on the autopsy report.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.