Mark Torre Jr. will be examined by prosecution's clinical expertWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - The case of former police officer Mark Torre Jr. is making some progress, and today the judge announced that polling of jurors will begin in two weeks. Also, despite concerns that their request would be denied, it looks like the prosecution will have the chance to have their clinical expert examine the defendant.
According to Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydingco, Judge Michael Bordallo gave the green light yesterday for clinical psychologist Dr. Dennis Donovan to perform an evaluation of Torre's mental condition regarding the defense's argument about Torre suffering from an alcohol-induced blackout when he allegedly shot fellow police officer Sgt. Elbert Piolo in July of 2015. Judge Bordallo said defense attorney Jay Arriola will be allowed to be present during Dr. Donovan's examination, or have it recorded. Dr. Donovan is scheduled to be on Guam from January 23 to January 30.
Meanwhile, jury selection is set to begin on January 18th, with about 300 prospective jurors expected to fill out the final jury questionnaire. Depending on how jury selection goes, Tydingco says they are hoping to begin opening statements on January 30 or January 31.