Taitano, Palacios plead not guilty in Castro murder case

Thomas Taitano is accused of beating Keith Castro with a baton.

It’s been one month since the murder of Keith Castro, and in court today one of the men implicated in his death has finally answered to the charges against him.

Thomas Taitano was arrested days following the death of Keith Castro who was beat and shot at a home in Yigo on July 28. While Taitano is not the gunman in the case, he stands accused of striking Castro with a baton, continuing his assault on the victim while Castro attempted to flee. In court this afternoon, Taitano who is represented by attorney William Pole, maintained his innocence.

“We plead not guilty, we waive a reading of the indictment, waive speedy trial, ask for all statutory discovery, jury of 12, we already received the grand jury disc your honor,” Pole said.

Taitano’s arraignment hearing had been continued as legal counsel withdrew, citing conflict of interest. It was also indicated that the assigned judge, Alberto Lamorena, has recused himself from the case.

Meanwhile, the alleged gunman, Joshua Palacios, pled not guilty to the charges that he shot Castro in the torso causing his death.

The next hearing is Sept. 23 before Judge Vernon Perez.


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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.