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.