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.
“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.