GFD fire captain testifies in day 2 of Mark Torre Jr. trial

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Called to the stand to testify as the government's witness was GFD first responder and Fire Captain Gilbert Almario. (PNC photo)

On Tuesday, which was day two of the Mark Torre Jr. trial, legal counsels and the presiding judge spent about a half an hour in private discussion.  And while that discussion is unknown, testimony involved only one witness — a GFD fire captain.

Called to the stand to testify as the government’s witness was GFD first responder and Fire Captain Gilbert Almario. He shared what transpired the night he responded to the shooting death of GPD Police Officer Elbert Piolo in 2015.

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“There’s no medic or ambulance at the station. We were the closest one at the time so we rolled out. When we first arrived, the area was barricaded with yellow tape placed around the scene. GPD was there,” Almario testified.

He said Torre was the only one on the scene and had complained of chest pains and was possibly hyperventilating.

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“I told one of my guys to give him oxygen and it was given to him,” Almario said.

The GFD fire captain told the court that he noticed blood on Torre’s person, stating there was enough to tell it was blood on his shirt. The blood did not belong to Torre, the witness testifying that Torre had no injuries.

Defense attorney Jay Arriola was quick to confirm that Torre had asked first responders to help his friend and that friend was Elbert Piolo. The statement was in response to first responders asking Torre if there had been an altercation or verbal argument.

It was a short day in court as Judge Arthur Barcinas adjourned the day’s proceedings shortly thereafter.

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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.