DeSoto Charged For Murder After ‘Rampage’ On Guam
By Geraldine Castillo
HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Feb. 22, 2013) – A Superior Court grand jury on Guam yesterday handed down the highly anticipated indictment against Chad Ryan DeSoto in connection with the death of three Japanese tourists and injury of 12 others during a Feb. 12 rampage through the Pleasure Island area in Tumon.
DeSoto, 21, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder and 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder, both as first-degree felonies and attached with special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon.
DeSoto’s arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino in Superior Court.
The indictment states DeSoto "intentionally and with premeditation" caused the death of Kazuko Uehara, 81, and Rie Sugiyama, 28, who were fatally stabbed; and Hitoshi Yakota, 51, who died nearly two days after he was struck by DeSoto’s car.
The majority of the injured victims were also Japanese tourists, whom DeSoto also "intentionally and with premeditation attempted to cause the death of," according to the indictment.
DeSoto is behind bars on $3 million cash bail after allegedly running over pedestrians as he drove through a sidewalk at The Plaza, crashed into the ABC Store outside the Outrigger Guam Resort, and then began stabbing others as he exited his vehicle.
Earlier charges against DeSoto were of three counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, and eight counts of aggravated assault.
Aside from the three who died as a result of the Feb. 12 incident, the indictment lists the following five individuals whom DeSoto injured with a knife: R.S. (8 months old), R.S. (10 years old), Kaylani Quichocho, Yusuke Sugiyama, and Yoneko Uehara.
Seven individuals were listed in the indictment as being injured by DeSoto’s vehicle: Katsuko Nohara, Hiromi Nohara, Daisuke Okawachi, Kana Furuyama, Michiko Yokata, Haruka Nohara, and Haruka Furuyama.
Prior to the indictment, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. today.
Because the indictment was filed before the preliminary hearing, DeSoto will instead proceed to an arraignment where he is expected to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
According to Guam law, a defendant may enter one of four pleas: not guilty; not guilty by reason of mental illness, disease or defect; guilty; or nolo contendere (no contest).
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