Psychiactric expert sought for suspect in tourist killings


HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A public defender for a man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a car crash and stabbing rampage in Guam is asking for an expert witness to testify about the suspect’s psychiatric evaluation.

The Public Defender Service Corporation says in court documents that the expert is necessary to assist the defense in assessing the evaluation of suspect Chad Ryan De Soto.

De Soto is accused of driving onto a sidewalk and striking seven tourists in an upscale shopping area in Tumon Bay, then getting out and stabbing people.

He has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness.

, which is allowable under Guam law.

Eric Miller, executive director of the Public Defender Service Corp., said he is also waiting to see some evidence in the case like the contents of De Soto’s electronics.

The FBI has the seized electronics, Assistant Attorney General Gerald Henderson said.

De Soto is charged with three counts of aggravated murder and 11 counts of attempted aggravated murder. He faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of any of the aggravated murder charges.

 

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