Witness says Castro begged his assailants to stop

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

In the Keith Castro murder trial, Matt Sablan recounted the events that transpired when Castro was shot outside Sablan’s Yigo home, stating that Castro begged his assailants to stop.

Joshua Palacios is on trial for the murder of Castro but in court today, defense attorney Thomas Fisher made it a point to shift focus away from his client and on to Thomas Taitano, the man who pleaded guilty to assaulting Castro.

On the stand, Sablan told jurors that Castro was his friend, he also told the court that he tried to break up the fight before the fatal shot was fired.

Sablan testified that Thomas Taitano chased Castro around the home, striking Castro at least a hundred times with a baton each strike with seemingly great force.

Sablan says he tried to stop the fighting by pushing Taitano off Castro. But Taitano chased after Castro continuing his assault.

When Castro ran into the garage, Sablan said Taitano followed, kicking and punching him. Sablan said that’s when Palacios joined in egging on Taitano before beginning to strike Castro.

Sablan says as Palacios hit Castro the gun went off. He told the jury that he saw the gun in Palacios hand but could not describe the weapon. During the assault, Sablan says Castro begged them to stop but that plea fell on deaf ears.


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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.