2 jurors relieved of duty in Acosta murder trial

Brandon Michael Acosta was was found guilty of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Timmica Nauta. (PNC file photo)

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.


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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.