Key witness in Castro murder case can’t remember details

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Thomas Taitano testifies in the Keith Castro murder trial. (media pool photo)

Thomas Taitano took to the stand again today, completing his testimony in the Keith Castro murder case.

During his testimony, Taitano appears to have an issue with remembering many details of the night Castro was shot.

But Taitano is sure about one thing — that Joshua Palacios shot Keith Castro.

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However, several details pointed out by Palacios’ attorney, Thomas Fisher, could not be recalled. Fisher prodded Taitano on the motive behind the murder, noting that it had to do with an altercation on social media.

Taitano could also not recall whether he was holding a baton when he attacked Castro. Taitano pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, admitting that he used a baton to strike Castro. However, in court Monday, he wasn’t sure. The Attorney General’s Office made it a point for Taitano to explain why he couldn’t recall and why he’s sure that Palacios shot Castro.

As for the baton, the AG contended that Palacios just agreed to the factual basis in the plea agreement when he took the deal, never telling the judge what happened that day.

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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.