Acosta murder trial moves forward

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Brandon Michael Acosta is charged with allegedly raping and murdering 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.

Facing life in prison without the possibility of parole on allegations of murder and rape, Brandon Michael Acosta’s fate will be left up to a jury to decide.

The trial of Brandon Michael Acosta was stopped in its tracks as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of GovGuam including the Superior Court of Guam. The last we heard about the trial, the government had rested its case and Acosta’s attorney William Pole had filed a motion for judgment of acquittal, arguing that under the law, the government did not meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

In court Monday, Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez entertained the motion and gave an oral order to move the case forward with the jury.

Attorney Pole says that the court sided with the government to let the jury decide, clarifying that Judge Perez clearly did not grant the motion, however, he can’t say it was denied either.

Pole says he took that to mean that pursuant to the statute, the jury can decide, and then the judge can make his decision after the jury.

Acosta is facing murder and rape charges in the death of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta The teen was discovered slain in her Dededo makeshift home two years ago.

With trial moving, the court is now figuring out the logistics of how to proceed. Pole says that a hearing has been set for June 30th to work through the procedural issues.

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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.