Torre remains on house arrest

PARTIAL BAIL RELIEF: Attorney Jay Arriola, left, leads his client Mark Torre Jr. from the courtroom of  Judge Michael Bordallo after a hearing in Hagåtña on Sept. 11. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Former Guam police officer Mark Torre Jr. was granted his request to have his release conditions modified, but he will remain under house arrest.

Superior Court of Guam Judge Michael Bordallo did reduce Torre's bail to a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The $165,000 bail was lifted and the title to the real estate asset he used initially to post bail will be returned, court documents state.

The court order states that Torre will remain on house arrest, but that the third-party custodians no longer need to supervise him when he is confined within his home. The custodians need to be with him only when he leaves for court appearances, meeting with defense counsel or probation officers, attending religious meetings or emergency treatment, documents state.

"Torre faced much more serious crimes when the court first determined his conditions of release," Bordallo stated. "While Torre is still charged with two severe violent crimes ... he is no longer charged with murder, manslaughter or aggravated assault as a second-degree felony." Torre faces negligent homicide and aggravated assault charges as a third-degree felony.

The court also noted that Torre has complied with his release conditions for the past four years and has had no violations with the Adult Probation Office.

Torre faces a second trial in the Superior Court of Guam in connection to the 2015 shooting death of fellow officer Sgt. Elbert Piolo.

In July, the high court vacated the conviction and ruled that the Superior Court had erred when it denied the defense motion to suppress body-camera footage, which showed police interrogating Torre before he was read his Miranda rights.

Torre is scheduled to appear back in court on Oct. 24 to find out when the case will go to trial.

The judge has yet to issue a decision on the government’s motion to change the charges in the indictment. The defense has opposed the motion, which seeks to replace the murder and manslaughter charges in the July 2015 indictment with a charge of negligent homicide.