The man accused in the deadly shooting of 33-year-old Keith Castro has denied the charges filed against him in a Superior Court of Guam indictment.

Defendant Joshua Rivera Palacios, 37, who is represented by attorney Terence Timblin, pleaded not guilty to murder as a first-degree felony with a special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Palacios, along with his co-defendant Thomas Taitano, 27, appeared before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Quan for an arraignment on Wednesday.

Several of Castro's siblings attended the hearing but said they are not ready to speak about their brother.

"We will just let the justice system take its course and go from there," Keith Castro's older brother, Ryan Castro, said after the hearing.

The family is preparing to say their final goodbyes, as Keith Castro's funeral will be held Friday.

Autopsy results released on Monday state he died from a gunshot wound to the torso. His death was ruled a homicide.

During the court hearing, Palacios waived his rights to a speedy trial. He is scheduled to appear back in court before presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena.

Taitano's arraignment was delayed until Aug. 21, after the public defender's office told the court it has a conflict in providing legal representation.

Attorney Shinju Flynn from the alternate public defender's office was appointed to represent Taitano.

Taitano was indicted on charges of four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal mischief to a motor vehicle, each with a special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. He was also charged with eluding a police officer as a misdemeanor.

Palacios is being held on $500,000 cash bail, while Taitano is being held on $100,000 cash bail.

On July 28, police responded to a report of a shooting along Chalan Tun Fred Cabesa in Yigo.

Keith Castro, who was in the neighborhood to sell a pickup truck, was found unresponsive.

Taitano was accused of hitting him with a baton. The pair got into a fight, after which Palacios showed up with a gun, court documents state.

Keith Castro escaped briefly but slipped and fell.

Taitano allegedly continued to hit Keith Castro before Palacios allegedly shot him once, documents state.

Police learned the following day that Taitano allegedly tried to run over three people with his car in Dededo, documents state. He was also accused of damaging one of the victims' vehicles after he allegedly rammed his car into it.

Palacios and Taitano were out on parole at the time of the deadly shooting.

Keith Castro leaves behind a wife and four children. His funeral will be held from 9-11:15 a.m. on Friday at Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago.

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