Mark Torre Jr. trial to resume; jury ordered to report for duty

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

The jury in Mark Torre Jr.’s trial has been ordered to report to the Superior Court of Guam as trial in the shooting death of Elbert Piolo will resume.

The government wanted to delay the Torre trial, stating it wasn’t wise to resume given the public health pandemic and the restrictions on public gatherings.

But according to Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas, the Supreme Court of Guam’s administrative order related to court operations under exigent circumstances placed the decision of resuming pending criminal jury trials under the judge’s discretion.

Finding nothing in Administrative Order 20-413 preventing the jury trial from proceeding despite the current conditions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic,
Judge Barcinas ordered that jurors in the case report to the courthouse on Tuesday to be questioned in person regarding each juror’s fitness and ability to continue to serve on the panel.

Barcinas ordered that if, after preliminary examination, there remain sufficient jurors to proceed with trial, the trial will resume on Wednesday.

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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.