VIDEO: DeSoto Trial Could Be Delayed Again Until July, Expert Witnesses Not Available in June, Says Defense


Guam – The trial of Chad DeSoto could be pushed back by another month because of scheduling conflicts between two forensic psychiatry witnesses.

At a status hearing this morning, Judge Anita Sukola proceeded to set trial for June, announcing that she had blocked off the entire month to accommodate the DeSoto trial.

However, DeSoto’s defense counsel, Attorney Eric Miller informed Judge Sukola that two off-island expert witnesses, Dr. Martin Blinder and Dr. Karen Fukataki, have prior commitments and cannot fly to Guam for trial. Instead, he suggested to have them appear via video-conference.

Judge Sukola indicated that she preferred to have both doctors on island for the trial because of the high profile nature of the case.

DeSoto is accused of murdering three tourists and injuring 11 others in the February 12, 2013 Tumon Tragedy in which he was allegedly seen driving his car through a crowded sidewalk, crashing it into the Outrigger’s ABC Store, then jumping out and stabbing people at random.

Judge Sukola continued the hearing to April 30 to give Miller time to coordinate with the two witnesses. The Judge noted that she is willing to move the trial date to July and block off her entire calendar for this trial.