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Opening statements for Anthony Morcilla trial

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - As a senior probation officer, Anthony Morcilla is familiar with the court system and often attends hearings.

Today however, Morcilla is in the hot seat charged with the death of his two-year-old daughter Amanda, who he left in the truck for hours while he was at work.

His trial kicked off this afternoon with opening statements from chief prosecutor Basil O'Mallan, saying, "Anthony Morcilla, the defendant is a good guy. He's a good employee. He's a good probation officer. There's no denying that." And defense attorney Curtis Van De Veld said, "There's more to it then just simple actions. There's mental responses. That is really where this case is going to be an issue for you to decide."

Morcilla could be seen tearing from his seat.

Morcilla is charged with negligent homicide, leaving his daughter in the car and child abuse.

Trial will continue on Friday.

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