Preparations for the trial of former police officer Mark Torre Jr. were discussed in court including issues like jury selection, the witness list, and the ability of retired chief medical examiner Aurelio Espinola to testify.
Judge Michael Bordallo said the witness list must be sorted out to allow any objections to be dealt with prior to the start of trial.
Defense Attorney Jay Arriola said he would be calling two expert witnesses to testify via video conference. The two witnesses are Dr. Joe Cohen and Dr. Pablo Stewart Rain.
Arriola also said they would be questioning retired Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola and that the line of questioning would be different from the cross-examination in the first trial.
However, Judge Bordallo raised concerns about Espinola’s ability to testify at the new trial.
“The only thing is, number one he is older now, four years older, pretty old at the last one. I would venture to guess that absent of him taking one week to review all the materials he’s not going to have any recollection. I mean, again, that’s I don’t want to say speculation, but I think everyone would be in agreement that it would be tough,” the judge said.
Aside from the witness issues, the court ordered that the questions for the selection of the jury be filed with the court.
Because the case is high profile and has been in the spotlight, questions regarding media exposure to the case will be used in empaneling a jury.
The next hearing is set for Jan. 2.