Judge to review motions in Castro murder case

In court today, it was disclosed that there could be two trials instead of one in the Keith Castro murder case.

Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez says he will entertain a motion to modify bail condition for one of the men accused in the murder of Keith Castro.

Joshua Palacios and Thomas Taitano have been held in custody since their arrest in August and while the court was ready to hear the motion filed by Palacios, his attorney William Pole requested that it be held in abeyance.

Pole, however, did raise an issue regarding discovery in the case, indicating that the formal written autopsy report has not been received and that a review of the discovery revealed that confidential information is referenced in the reports which may present a problem at trial.

In court today, it was disclosed that there could be two trials instead of one as co-defendant Taitano is attempting to have his case severed.

Taitano’s attorney, Terrance Timbland, told the court that he will be submitting the motion and is requesting that it be heard at the next hearing.

With trial set for March 25, 2020, Judge Perez will entertain both motions on Jan. 21.


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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.