Prosecution having issues with witnesses for Torre Jr. trial

Mark Torre Jr.'s attorney Jay Arriola, right, wants to exclude the body camera footage which the Supreme Court ruled to suppress portions of, following an appeal of the first trial.

Mark Torre Jr. will stand trial in a week as jury selection has been set to begin on Jan. 9. In preparation, the court addressed matters which could raise issues during the trial.

The biggest issue presented to the court is the ability of the government to produce its witnesses as Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallen told the court that they are having trouble securing at least three witnesses for trial. They include Shawn Meno, Charles Pendelton and retired Chief Medical Examiner Doctor Aurelio Espinola.

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“I understand my obligations in due diligence in having the witnesses available and I will do my best to let Mr. Arriola apprised of that. With respect to Shawn Meno, it’s very clear he is deployed, he’s not available at all. Mr. Pendelton is in California and has indicated that he’s not coming back. We’re still trying to locate where Dr. Espinola is. He is bouncing apparently between Texas and the Philippines,” O’Mallen said.

The government may also have trouble with the availability of the FBI to appear for trial. O’Mallen further indicated that he would be presenting a redacted version of the body cam footage, omitting evidence suppressed by the Supreme Court of Guam. The court has instructed the government to file a declaration of witness availability by Jan. 7.


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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.