Court sets trial date for senior probation officer's case
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A Superior Court of Guam senior probation officer who is charged with the death of his 2-year-old daughter is scheduled to go to trial in November. Anthony Morcilla was scheduled to have a hearing before Superior Court Judge James Canto today but the judge cancelled all of his hearings and issued trial dates in writing.
He is charged with negligent homicide, leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle and child abuse. He is accused of leaving his daughter in the car for seven hours while he was at work. Morcilla was released to third-party custodians and has been allowed to return to work. Judge canto set a motion hearing for August 12 with a pre-trial conference set for October 29. Jury selection and trial is set for November 13.
Court policy, planning and communications director Joshua Tenorio could not explain why the court chose not to have hearings today, but did say judges can issue trial dates in writing.