- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A Guam man charged with murder and denied HIV treatment in prison is expected to finally receive medication, his attorney said.

Keith Garrido is charged with beating Nancy Mafnas to death with a pipe in 2012 and other crimes, including escaping from a prison van and burglary.

Garrido’s attorney, Stephen Hattori, said the prison started running tests and is expected to provide his HIV medication next week. Prison Director Jose San Agustin told Pacific Daily News (https://ow.ly/CW2sL ) the treatment is underway.

A magistrate judge last week ordered the prison to provide Garrido with medical treatment. Garrido had been prepared to plead guilty to most of the charges because he believed he wasn’t getting treatment because he was considered a pretrial detainee and not an inmate. The judge wouldn’t let him plead guilty.

San Agustin said Garrido wasn’t receiving treatment because he was waiting for Garrido’s illness to become more serious. San Agustin said he didn’t think HIV could be treated until after AIDS symptoms developed.

Garrido could sue the Department of Corrections for going without treatment for so long, said Guam defense attorney Howard Trapp, who is not connected to the case.

“There’s no two ways about it,” Trapp said. “It’s a matter of the due-process clause.”


Information from: Pacific Daily News: https://www.guampdn.com

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