Herry murder trial delayed

Katner Herry (DOC photo)

Facing life in prison for the murder of Lucianna Polly, Katner Herry has been in detention since January. The investigation into his case progresses but other factors have delayed the trial.

Katner Herry is represented by Alternate Public Defender Peter Santos, who was appointed by the court at the onset of the case.

While they have made leeway into the investigation obtaining GPD training records and the victim Polly’s criminal history, he told the court that he must withdraw from the case.

Santos stated that there is a serious conflict of interest but before he could explain further, Judge Anita Sukola stopped him from speaking. The Superior Court judge and the Office of the Attorney General were unaware of the motion which was filed in August. She told Herry that the OAG needs time to review the reason why APD is withdrawing, further stating that the OAG would have to confirm if a conflict of interest exists such as the past or present representation of a witness in Herry’s case.

Beyond the legal aspects, the COVID pandemic has compounded the delay in the trial. Sukola said that it may be the latter part of December before a trial date can be set.

Meanwhile, the court will hear the motion to withdraw on October 7th.



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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.