Toto murder and rape defendant gets new lawyer

Katner Herry (DOC photo)

Murder suspect Katner Herry’s case will move forward with a new attorney appointed to represent him.

A serious conflict of interest involving a witness in Herry’s case has caused Alternate Public Defender Peter Santos to withdraw as his legal counsel.

The motion was filed in August but was only addressed by the court today as Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola, at Herry’s last hearing, ordered a continuance to allow the Office of the Attorney General to confirm that a conflict exists.

Having found probable cause to grant the motion, Judge Sukola appointed attorney Terrance Timblan as Herry’s new legal counsel.

Herry is accused of beating and raping Luciana Polly last January. Her body was found at a popular drinking spot in Toto. The next hearing is set for November 4th. Trial is anticipated to begin next year.

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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.