New lawyer for Keith Castro murder suspect

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Joshua Palacios (PNC file photo)

New legal counsel has been appointed to represent one of the defendants in the Keith Castro murder case.

Gloria Rudolph has been appointed to represent Joshua Palacios, who is accused of shooting Keith Castro after separate defendant Thomas Taitano allegedly beat Castro with a baton in Yigo in July of 2019.

The decision to appoint new legal counsel was made by Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez who told Palacios that this will not be repeated, addressing concerns of multiple appointments not being allowed.

The request for new legal counsel was initially made by Palacios who was represented by Terrance Timblin. The two came to the conclusion that new legal counsel would be appropriate, Timblin asserting this to the court through a separate motion to withdraw.

Judge Perez stated that given the stage of the case and for the defendant to be confident with his legal counsel’s representation, the appointment of a new attorney is warranted.

Eyeing a trial beginning no sooner than December, Judge Perez indicated that he needed to speak with Palacios and Rudolph to prepare. It was noted that trying the felony case would be dependent on identifying the venue for the proceedings which meets public health social distancing requirements.

However, at this time Rudolph’s appointment is pending the determination of any conflict of interests.

A hearing has been set for Oct. 29.

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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.