Brandon Michael Acosta appeared in court Wednesday morning to answer to new charges in the brutal slaying of Timicca Nauta after DNA evidence revealed that the 15-year-old was also raped.
The wheels of justice may at times be slow but they are turning, as one year later results from DNA evidence sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed suspicions that Nauta was raped.
At his arraignment hearing, Acosta pleaded not guilty, provoking outrage from Nauta’s family.
Rose Gange, Nauta’s aunt, said: “You’re not guilty but then you confessed. So confess that you are guilty and take your punishment. I still want you to suffer. My family is still hurting. We’re hurting and we are going to hurt for a long time.”
The new charges against Acosta include charges of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct, 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
On June 16, 2018, the teenage girl was discovered by family members murdered in her Dededo home. Upon his arrest four months later, GPD Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao stated that Acosta allegedly confided to an individual that he committed the crime.
Tapao said: “During the course of the interview, Brandon Acosta had admitted his involvement in the death of Timicca Nauta.”
Court documents state that that Acosta told police “he went into Nauta’s room which was dark and that Nauta was startled and that he made a mistake, adding that killing Nauta was not his intention.
Following this admission, Acosta said that after praying he believes his spirit has been set free since he has confessed his sins.
“You know God tells us to forgive. It’s hard right now because we can’t see her, we can’t hug her, and can’t give her a kiss. She’s not there to talk to us, she’s not there at all and we will never see her again. She will be in our hearts and our memories but it’s not the same. And we truly lost an amazing person,” Gange said.