Guam rampage suspect accused of witness tampering

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 7:33 PM

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Prosecutors in Guam say a man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a rampage inappropriately spoke with two witnesses from jail.

Judge Anita Sokula will consider a motion Wednesday accusing 22-year-old Chad Ryan DeSoto of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

Chief Prosecutor Phillip Tydingco says he has recordings of phone conversations between DeSoto and his girlfriend, Reanne Acasio, and his cousin, Michele Fatovic. Acasio and Fatovic testified in DeSoto's defense.

DeSoto has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness to killing the tourists and hurting 11 others by running his car onto a crowded sidewalk in a tourist area, then crashing into a store and getting out and stabbing bystanders.

Tydingco says DeSoto spoke with his girlfriend in the evening on the same day she testified.

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