Jury selection, witness list for Torre trial tackled

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.