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.