The Office of the Attorney General has notified the Superior Court that the prosecution intends to call 182 witnesses in the jury trial of Joseph A. Crisostomo, who faces charges in the kidnapping and murder of bartender Emerita Romero.
Attorney Janet H. King, counsel for Crisostomo, informed the court on Wednesday that she plans to call 95 witnesses for the defense. That same day, the OAG disclosed that it may call at least eight witnesses.
Chief prosecutor Shelli Neal, however, filed on Friday the government’s witness list that contained 181 names. Neal listed as 182 “any and all other persons named in discovery.”
Neal also stated that the government expressly reserves the right to amend the witness list to add “any and all persons not presently known who possesses relevant knowledge and whose identity and knowledge becomes known before and during the trial.”
Included in the prosecution’s witness list are 13 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 56 from the Department of Public Safety, four doctors, several personnel from other law enforcement agencies, two Romero siblings, several friends and then co-workers of Romero, Crisostomo’s former wife, and the widower of a Chinese woman who was murdered on Saipan.
The trial of 40-year-old Crisostomo will start on Oct. 15. 2013. Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho will preside.
FBI agents 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.