Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Guam: Update--Assailant, 21, Who Killed 3 Japanese Tourists, Injured 11 Others with Car, Knives Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Defect

Chad Ryan Desoto, 21, who was arrested on February 12, on Guam after attempting to kill as many people as he could with his car and two long-bladed knives (held in each hand), pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect earlier today (February 27) to three counts of murder and 11 counts of attempted murder.

COMMENT: Desoto's attorney Thomas Miller said his client had entered the plea because he was mentally ill when the attack took place and was waiving his right to a speedy trial, preferring instead to have his case heard by a twelve-person jury.

Judge Alberto Tolentino ordered a psychological evaluation of Desoto to be completed by March 8.

All of the victims of the attack, including an eight-month-old baby and a three-year-old toddler, were Japanese. Three of the dead included victims who were also Japanese, ages 29, 51 and 81, respectively.

Desoto's motive for the attack remains unknown.