Acosta files appeal in rape and murder case

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Brandon Michael Acosta was was found guilty of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Timmica Nauta.

Convicted of murder and rape, Brandon Michael Acosta is seeking to overturn the verdict reached against him and has requested a new trial through an appeal.

Acosta was convicted in the murder and rape of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta last week.

Following the guilty verdict, Acosta’s attorney, William Pole, indicated that an appeal would be sought.

Today, Pole filed the appeal, arguing that the burglary Acosta was implicated in should have never been introduced into the trial.

According to Pole, the government pointing out that Acosta burglarized a home next door to Nauta’s makeshift home is just an argument of propensity and not allowed.

He further stated that prosecutors didn’t provide evidence that the burglary and Nauta’s murder and rape were similar in nature or that it was relevant to the crime before the court. It only shows that Acosta was in the area.

Because of this, Pole says his client should be afforded a new trial.

A hearing regarding the motion for a new trial is set for August 6th.

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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.

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