by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A man accused of shooting his estranged wife in the head is expected to go to trial in November. Emmanuel Cepeda appeared in court today. He is being held behind bars for the murder of his estranged wife, Emma Catapang Cepeda.
The defense had requested a forensic evaluation after Cepeda pleaded not guilty and indicated that they may change the plea to not guilty by reason of mental illness, disease or defect at a later time. Details from that evaluation are not public. Emma had reached out to police after obtaining restraining orders against her estranged husband. The governor recently ordered the police department to work with the Attorney General's Office to determine what information can be disclosed to the public about the Internal Affairs investigation that was launched into claims that police officers didn't act when Emma called to report threats made by Emmanuel.
During today's hearing it was noted that the prosecution is making a copy of a video as part of discovery to give to the defense. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for November 6.