Guam's Supreme Court upholds convictions for 2013 slayings

Guam's Supreme Court upholds convictions for 2013 slayings

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - The Supreme Court of Guam has denied an appeal filed by a man sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of three Japanese tourists in 2013.

The Pacific Daily News reports ( ) that the high court's decision Monday upheld the criminal convictions of Chad DeSoto, who was found guilty in 2014 of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.

DeSoto had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness for driving into pedestrians on a sidewalk and stabbing bystanders with knives.

In his appeal, DeSoto argued that his conviction should be reversed because the court gave inadequate instructions to the jury regarding his mental state. He also claimed some witness testimony should have been excluded at trial.

The Supreme Court ruled that DeSoto's right to a fair trial wasn't impacted.

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