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Chad DeSoto could face additional charges

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Already facing multiple counts of murder, Chad DeSoto could face additional charges. Witness tampering, obstruction of justice and contempt of court those are the additional charges DeSoto could be facing.

During trial today prosecutor Phil Tydingco said he would be submitting additional discovery to the defense, specifically PayTel phone records from the Department of Corrections of conversations between DeSoto and his girlfriend and his first-cousin.

"You had admonish that these witness were subject to recall to not talk about the case specifically admonished ms Reanne Acasio not to have any contact with the defendant at 5pm," said Tydingco, "after she testified he contacted her they were on the phone your honor secondly he had conversation with Michelle Fatovic talking about the case again she was admonished not to have any contact I believe this could be witness tampering this could be obstruction of justice."

With no objection a motion was granted ordering the department of corrections to prohibit DeSoto from having any contact with witnesses who are subject to recall.  While new charges are forthcoming, today the court listened to testimony regarding Desoto's competency. The court called upon expert witness psychiatrist Dr. Michael Kim.

Prior to the trial, three psychiatric evaluations were conducted on DeSoto but were not released publicly. Dr. Kim was commissioned by the court to conduct one of them. "He didn't provide any information about what he did the only background he would provide were a few statements about no one believing him being a liar I can't recollect the specifics of the comments but there were a few comments he was talking about hearing voices to hurt himself or just to go to and then any time that I would ask he would kind of look at me pause and wouldn't answer my questions I remember him stating something in regards to when I asked him the question so tell about the events leading up to what happened he looked at me and said it wasn't premeditated," he stated.

Dr. Kkim told the court that he was actually surprised how well put together DeSoto was and that's the reason why he didn't put a psychotic disorder on his evaluation. And while DeSoto told him the Tumon incident was not premeditated, based on others who have testified, it tells a different story. "He was kind of referring to it when he spoke to his girlfriend something to the effect of 'forgive me for what I am going to do tonight or you'll find out' something to that effect which leads me to believe when I read that, that there's some forethought about what he was actually going to do. And there were some statements about he had read if he were to commit some kind of significant something that he would buy a day outta hell," he said.

Dr. Kim also told the court that DeSoto displayed symptoms of depression at the time as well as anxiety symptoms with regards to what was happening in the case but no psychotic or bipolar symptoms, explaining, "I didn't feel his competency was an issue I asked him about whether he felt like the charges against him as they are written were wrongful acts and he said yes they are wrongful acts."

He continued, "The conclusions the two main ones were his competence to stand trial that he understood the wrongfulness of his actions he was able to understand what he was doing and to control his actions." He confirmed that it was his conclusion based on evaluation that DeSoto was legally sane at the time of the event."

In February 2013 Desoto killed three people and injured several others after driving his car down a crowded street in Tumon. He eventually jumped out of his vehicle and began stabbing people.

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