Judge denies release of murder suspect

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Juan Faisao Mendiola

Murder suspect Juan Faisao Mendiola won’t be released from prison any time soon as the court denied his motion for release yesterday.

Facing charges of murder in the shooting death of Peter John Rios, Mendiola has been in detention since May.

In court, Mendiola requested to be released on his personal recognizance or on electronic monitoring, arguing that he would not be a danger to the community if he is placed on the EMP, further arguing that the conditions of his initial bail terms were unconstitutional.

“The underlying facts indicate that the defendant shot the victim Peter Rios Jr. in the chest with a gun taking his life … the shooting occurred as a result of an argument between the two,” court documents stated.

The court also shared concerns over the safety of two witnesses present at the time of the altercation. According to the court, one of the witnesses expressed being in fear of the defendant.

In denying the request, the court considered the nature of the charges, stating that there are no reasonable assurances that Mendiola would not be a danger to the community or that he would appear for court proceedings even with electronic monitoring.

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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.