Crisostomo’s trial enters its third week

Prosecution already called 28 witnesses

The jury trial of Joseph A. Crisostomo in Superior Court for the kidnapping and murder of bartender Emerita R. Romero enters its third week today.

The trial, which is presided over by Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho, will continue today at 8:30am.

After two weeks, interim chief prosecutor Brian Flaherty and assistant attorney general Margo Brown-Badawy have already called a total of 28 witnesses.

On Thursday, Flaherty told Camacho that the government may complete calling all its witnesses by Wednesday.

The prosecution listed 75 persons as “likely witnesses.” Attorney Janet H. King, court-appointed counsel for the 40-year-old Crisostomo, listed 95 persons as “likely witnesses.”

One of the likely government’s witnesses today is a Federal Bureau of Investigation DNA expert, Saipan Tribune learned.

Crisostomo is facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault in the first degree, robbery, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

Romero, 37, reportedly rode in a car that she mistook for a taxicab near her house in Garapan in the early morning of Feb. 5, 2012. Two days later, FBI agents found her body at the abandoned La Fiesta Mall in San Roque/As Matuis.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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