by Mindy Aguon
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 private review by the Judge of security and scheduling issues as they prepare for the jury trial. "Your motion when you initially filed it was not very clear so I'll give you an opportunity to file whatever concerns you may have regarding security more specifically and I'll take it either before the 19th of March or right on the 19th of March," he stated.
DeSoto is being held behind bars accused of driving a car down a sidewalk in Tumon plowing through tourists. He got out of the car and began stabbing people. Three people died and eleven others were injured during the rampage in February of last year. An estimated 12 witnesses from Japan and several defense expert witnesses are expected to fly in for the trial which is slated to begin with jury selection on June 9. DeSoto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness, disease or defect.
He underwent two psychological evaluations; however those reports have not been made public.