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DeSoto defense wants more time to review 456 pages of documentation

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MURDER suspect Chad Ryan DeSoto appeared briefly in Superior Court yesterday for a trial setting, but the hearing was continued to next month, allowing more time for his attorney to go over hundreds of pages of discovery documents pertinent to his case.

DeSoto’s attorney, Public Defender Eric D. Miller, informed the court that he received a disk of discovery, which includes police reports and grand jury proceedings. However, he said he still needed to go over the material with DeSoto.

“We have received a disk of discovery. I do not know yet if it’s all of it, [but] we certainly have received a lot of it,” Miller told Judge Anita Sukola.

In response, Sukola told Miller to make sure he has gone over all information with his client.

Miller said he hasn’t had the opportunity yet to go over the discovery with his client due to the high volume of documents, which amounted to 456 pages.

“It’s a lot of material, your honor. It’s on a disk. I know it’s hundreds of pages,” he said. “We filed motion for discovery but we need a chance to review what we have so far before we determine what else we’re going to need.”

Meanwhile, Sukola informed the present prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Jesse Nasis, that she expected the assigned prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Gerald Henderson, to be available at the next court hearing.

The 21-year-old DeSoto is scheduled to return to court for another trial setting on April 10 at 10 a.m.

DeSoto is being held on $3 million bail in connection with the Feb. 12 Tumon attack that left three Japanese tourists dead and 11 others injured.

He pled not guilty by reason of mental illness to three counts of aggravated murder and 11 counts of attempted aggravated murder, both as first-degree felonies and attached with special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon.

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