FBI forensics examiner testifies in Mark Torre Jr. trial

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

Day 4 of the Mark Torre Jr. trial involved testimony from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their analysis of the evidence take from Torre’s Yigo residence the night GPD officer Elbert Piolo was shot.

The FBI agent who testified today was Forensics Examiner Joshua Friedman, who specializes in trace evidence. He examined the hair, fibers, and fabric that were collected by Guam Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigators.

After testing both Piolo’s and Torre’s clothing, he concluded that the fibers on the end of the muzzle of the gun found in Piolo’s truck matched the fibers of Piolo’s shirt.

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“I personally took the last microscope slide and put those under the microscope and examined them,” Friedman said.

Those same shirt fibers also matched fibers that were collected from the vacuum sweepings of Piolo’s truck. Agent Friedman also concluded that the vacuum sweepings were not consistent with originating from Torre’s clothing.

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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.