HAGATNA, GUAM – Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in a murder trial against a man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage on Guam.
Closing arguments ended Thursday with Chad Ryan DeS oto’s public defender reiterating his client’s mental illness.
De Soto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges of aggravated murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old knew what he was doing when he barreled his car down a sidewalk, crashed into a convenience store, then got out and stabbed bystanders.
Eleven others were injured in last year’s attack.
Public defender Eric Miller says De Soto isn’t criminally liable because of his mental illness. He says De Soto’s state of mind declined after his grandfather died and his girlfriend moved to Utah.