Witness: Black pouch taken from Castro after he died

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Defense attorney Thomas Fisher argues on behalf of his client Joshia Palacios in the Keith Castro murder case. (Media pool photo)

Trial in the shooting death of Keith Castro Wednesday involved testimony from the man who held Castro’s hand as he took his last breath.

Melvin Leon Guerrero didn’t know Keith Castro until the night Castro was beaten up and shot to death outside Matt Sablan’s Yigo residence.

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Defense lawyer Tom Fisher asked: “Did you approach Keith that evening after he had been attacked?”

Melvin Leon Guerrero (MLG): “Yeah … right before he…I mean he told me his last words.”

Fisher: “So you did approach him?”

MLG: “Yes … I was the closest one to him so he reached out to me to grab my hand.”

The defense didn’t delve further into Castro’s last words. Instead, attorney Fisher questioned Leon Guerrero about a man identified as AJ Flores.

Fisher: “Did you see Aj Flores at about that time?”

MLG: “Yes … he was he was crying…everyone was yelling but he was there crying and yelling.”

Fisher: “Did you see AJ Flores or anybody else approach Keith’s body?”

MLG: “Well, the girls … I don’t remember the names of the girls. I believe it was Matt’s girlfriend at the time.”

Fisher: “Alright, did you see AJ Flores approach the body?”

MLG: “After he (Keith) let my hand go and I told him you know… really there was nothing anyone could do and he went over and tried to … I mean he’s not dumb I know he’s not dumb.”

After refreshing his memory regarding his statements to police, Leon Guerrero testified that Flores did approach Castro and took a black pouch from Castro.

The government also questioned Leon Guerrero and had him clarify that he did not know the contents of the pouch.

According to Leon Guerrero, after Flores took the pouch from the victim, he left in an ambulance with Castro’s then-girlfriend.

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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.