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Guam court sets another pretrial hearing for murder rampage case

Kyodo

A Guam court set another pretrial hearing Wednesday for a local man charged with slaying three Japanese tourists and wounding 11 other people in a vehicular and knife rampage.

During the first pretrial hearing Wednesday in the multiple aggravated murder and multiple attempted aggravated murder case against Chad Ryan De Soto, 21, Judge Anita Sukola ordered a continuation of the proceedings on April 10 after the defense sought more time to review evidence gathered by the prosecution.

De Soto was charged with killing three Japanese tourists and wounding 10 other Japanese and a local woman on Feb. 12 in Tumon, an area heavily frequented by tourists. He pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental incompetence on Feb. 27.

Defense lawyer Eric Miller said during the hearing that while his office had already received copies of the police reports and the grand jury proceedings that led to De Soto’s indictment, he needed time to review them and discuss them with his client.

He disclosed he also had yet to receive other documents from the prosecution, including medical exam reports on the victims and photos related to the case.

Sukola, meanwhile, took note of the sealing of the psychological evaluation of De Soto, as requested by Miller on March 12, until the trial starts. The report was prepared by Dr. Michael Kim, a psychiatrist at the U.S. Navy Hospital, on orders of the court following De Soto’s plea during his arraignment.

In his motion, Miller asked the court not to make Kim’s report on De Soto public, saying it contained confidential, personal information about his client, and “public dissemination of the psychiatric evaluation” would “bias the jury pool in this matter, making it extremely difficult for the parties to have a fair and impartial jury selected in this case.”