Two hundred potential jurors were called to the Superior Court of Guam on Thursday to begin the process of selecting who will sit on the jury for the second trial of Mark Torre Jr., the man implicated in the death of fellow police officer Elbert Piolo.
Torres’ defense attorney Jay Arriola said that Jury selection will begin Friday morning.
Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallen said the potential jurors filled out a questionnaire Thursday that will be used in the selection process.
O’Mallen noted that the first trial received a lot of media exposure, which could impact the jury selection process.
“Media exposure from the previous trial may have an impact in how quickly a jury is selected. There has been a lot of exposure from the first trial and the intervening events. This case still has a lot of publicity so we will see how that affects. We just want people to be fair and honest … give everyone a fair trial,” O’Mallen said.
In addition to beginning the process for jury selection, the court took care of some housekeeping matters involving the government still having to file an exhibit list.
Defense attorney Jay Arriola objected to any new exhibits by the government being entered into evidence, noting that trial in the matter began today and speedy trial was entered on Nov. 4.
The first testimony in the re-trial is expected to be heard next week.