Sgt. Elbert Piolo’s family and friends showed up in the dozens, filling up the courtroom at today’s hearing.
Guam – Former Police Officer Mark Torre Jr. was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing.
At today’s court hearing, Torre’s defense counsel, Jay Arriola, objected to having cameras in the courtroom, informing the judge that he’d like to have cameras permanently barred from all proceedings in the case.
Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo acknowledged Arriola’s request but stated that he would review the statute concerning cameras in the courtroom before issuing a formal decision. He also scheduled a hearing for September 24 to address any motions that will be filed regarding media requests for cameras in the courtroom.
Lead Prosecutor Phil Tydingco, meanwhile, tells PNC that while there is now a trial date of February 8, 2016, that schedule may change, which is not uncommon for cases in which the defendant waives their right to a speedy trial.
Torre has pleaded not guilty to murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault in the shooting death of fellow Police Officer Sgt. Elbert Piolo. At today’s hearing, Sgt. Piolo’s family and friends filled the courtroom. They have held several rallies at various Guam traffic intersections holding signs that say “Justice for Bert” in an effort to bring attention to the case.