160 potential jurors in machete case

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Emanuel Resalap and Jordan Rachulap are the two young men who are accused of attacking motorists in Mangilao with machetes earlier this year.

A jury in the case of the Mangilao machete attack will be selected on Wednesday out of a pool of 160 potential jurors.

As the case has been highly publicized in the media, Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez acknowledges that it could be challenging but he is hopeful that an impartial jury can be formed in one day.

Ten days is how much time the trial is anticipated to take in the case involving Emanuel Resalap and Jordan Rachulap, the two young men who are accused of attacking motorists in Mangilao with machetes earlier this year.

The government intends to call 20 witnesses and 8 victims to the stand to testify in the case.

At least three witnesses will be called to the stand on Thursday after both parties make their opening statements.

Prosecutor Shawn Brown said that during trial, photos, videos, and the 911 call will be shared with jurors who will weigh the evidence before coming to a verdict.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.