VIDEO: De Soto Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Illness

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Guam –  Chad Ryan De Soto, the man accused of murdering three tourists and injuring a dozen others on February 12 has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease.

De Soto appeared for an arraignment in Superior Court today before Judge Alberto Tolentino. His mother, Rae Aiko Skey De Soto and a handful of other family members were at the court room, but all declined to speak to the media.

As De Soto was being escorted into the court room, Deputy Marshal Theodoro Padua tells PNC News that he tried to escape. A commotion was seen from inside the court room before De Soto was brought as two Marshals ran after him. Padua says De Soto was unshackled.

“We wanted to treat him like all the other detainees,” explains Padua.

After the marshals captured De Soto, he was reshackled and brought into the court room. Padua says this is the first escape attempt De Soto has ever made.

His mother, who sat front row and in plain view of her son, sobbed as he walked in. Other family members sobbed along with her.

De Soto is facing three counts aggravated murder and 12 counts attempted aggravated murder after he was accused of driving his car into the Plaza sidewalk striking multiple pedestrians, slamming into the ABC Store at the Outrigger, then jumping out and stabbing people at random.

Judge Tolentino has ordered a psychological evaluation on De Soto within 10 days. De Soto’s defense counsel, Atty. Thomas Miller waived his client’s right to a speedy trial and has requested for a 12-panel jury trial.

His next court hearing is on March 20 at 10am in Judge Anita Sukola’s court room.