Attorney Janet H. King notified the Superior Court yesterday that she intends to call 95 witnesses for the defense of Joseph A. Crisostomo, the suspect in the kidnapping and murder of bartender Emerita Romero.
The Office of the Attorney meanwhile, told the court that the prosecution plans to call at least eight witnesses.
As this developed, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho placed under advisement Crisostomo’s nine pre-trial motions and the government’s three pre-trial motions.
The judge held the hearing on the motions the entire day yesterday. King argued for Crisostomo, while chief prosecutor Shelli Neal and assistant attorney general Brian Flaherty argued for the government.
On the defense’s witness list are former Department of Public Safety commissioner Ramon Mafnas, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Joseph Auther and Haejun Park, several police officers, two Romero siblings, and Crisostomo’s former wife.
At the hearing yesterday, King said the ex-wife was the one who identified the voice in Romero’s 911 call as Crisostomo’s. King said the ex-wife has been constantly asking authorities for the $22,500 reward for information in Romero’s murder.
The trial of 40-year-old Crisostomo will start on Oct. 15, 2013.
FBI agents Auther and Park found Romero’s body at the former La Fiesta Mall in San Roque on Feb. 7, 2012, two days before she was last seen boarding a car near her house in Garapan.