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Chad DeSoto appears in court

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Chad Ryan Desoto walked into the Superior Court of Guam this morning in shackles as attorneys in the case prepare for his upcoming criminal trial.

Public Defender Eric Miller filed a motion for an "en camera" or a private review by the Judge of security and scheduling issues as they prepare for the jury trial.

Judge Anita Sukola ordered the defense to expound on its concerns and file it with the court. A hearing will be held on March 19th for the motions.   The pretrial conference will be held in June and trial is scheduled to begin in July.

Desoto is being held behind bars accused of driving car down a sidewalk in Tumon plowing through tourists. He got out of the car near the ABC Store under the Outrigger Hotel and began stabbing people. Three people died and eleven others were injured during his rampage in February of last year.

The prosecution is still working on bringing back an estimated 12 witnesses from Japan to testify at the trial. There are more than 100 other potential witnesses in the case.  Desoto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness, disease or defect.  He has undergone two psychological evaluations; however those reports have not been made public.

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