Judge Maria Cenzon has placed murder defendant Troy Damian on an electronic ankle monitor and commanded his conditional release from prison following his cooperation with police in finding the body of Michael Castro. He will be on house arrest in a residence at Paraiso St. in Tamuning, and has been ordered to remain there pending his trial for Mr. Castro’s murder.
Police chief Stephen Ignacio Wednesday said his agency believes they have recovered the corpse of Mr. Castro. Today the Office of the Attorney General confirmed Mr. Damian helped police to find his body, which was uncovered in a container in Yigo.
“After discussions with defense counsel and after consultation with detectives in the Guam Police Department, prosecutors extended an offer to agree to allow Mr. Damian to be released on very specific conditions, including that he direct police to the location of Michael Castro’s body and police recovering the body,” attorney general’s spokeswoman Carlina Charfauros said. “Scientific confirmation of the suspected human remains recovered on Wednesday is pending, but it appears that Defendant Damian has complied.”
“No plea agreement has been offered and Mr. Damian remains a suspect in the disappearance and homicide of Michael Castro,” Ms. Charfauros added.
According to Ms. Cenzon’s order, which was released to the media by the Department of Corrections, Mr. Damian is to stay away from the victim’s family, and is not to make threats against, assault, or harass any person named in his indictment, “including any witnesses identified in any discovery in this case,” the judge hand wrote into her order.
“Damian was released pursuant to a $50,000 unsecured bond onto House Arrest and placed under the strict supervision of third party custodians,” Ms. Charfauros said.
Damian and Nicholas Moore are facing trial for the murder of Mr. Castro. While Mr. Moore made bail for the murder charge, he was subsequently indicted in a separate felony case involving allegations of criminal sexual conduct, and remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.