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Keith Garrido's trial on standby

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - Due to other asserted trials, trial for Keith Jermaine Garrido remains on standby.

But before he can appear before a jury, Judge Anita Sukola today has taken under advisement defense's motion to dismiss the first charge of aggravated murder.

Earlier this week, defense filed the motion to dismiss because the indictment failed to indicate Garrido's mental state.

Chief Deputy AG Phil Tydingco argues it was unnecessary to indicate the defendant's mental state as it was covered by other charges, saying, "Right now the current indictment he's charged with is aggravated murder and he's also charged with murder but the judge had indicated because she asked defense to file their witness list and their jury instructions to include if he wants to include any lesser included offenses which is manslaughter or whatever."

Garrido is accused of killing Nancy Mafnas in 2012 after he burglarized her house. While he was detained, Garrido also reportedly escaped from a Department of Corrections vehicle while being transported to a hearing. During his escape, he's accused of assaulting and robbing another woman in her home.

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