Two jurors sitting on the trial of Brandon Michael Acosta have been relieved of duty.
Acosta is being tried for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta. However, the trial was halted at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the public health emergency still in effect and no word on when it will end, Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez wants to resume trial.
At today’s hearing, Judge Perez notified the parties that two jurors have been excused from serving on the case. One relocated off-island on military orders and the other has extended travel plans.
Judge Perez has ordered all jurors to be present at court for a preliminary examination by the judge and lawyers on Wednesday.
Once that is settled, arrangements will be made for the jurors to hear a playback of testimony given prior to the pandemic.
At this time, there has not been a date set for the resumption of the trial.