Torre trial to proceed this month

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Mark Torre Jr., left, and his lawyer Jay Arriola (PNC file photo)
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There are only 30 days left on the speedy trial clock for Mark Torre Jr. to be taken to trial.

Trial dates have been set in preparation for the re-trial of Mark Torre Jr. the man accused in the shooting death of fellow police officer Elbert Piolo.

Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo has set jury selection for Dec. 27. But before trial begins, the government will need to narrow down their witness list as Torre’s attorney, Jay Arriola, told the court that it was all-inclusive.

Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo said: “Let’s come back on the 12th. I want to know what the witness list looks like and what we are doing with respect to prior testimony that has been presented and will be used.”

Bordallo has set a hearing for Dec. 12, at which time any motions will be addressed which may arise from the witness lists. He also said trial must begin before Dec. 30.

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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.