AG motions to collect blood samples from defendant in DOC murder case


Guam – The case against the nine DOC detainees implicated in the murder of fellow detainee Manson Ernest remains tolled as the court must hear a multitude of motions pending before the court.

With nine defendants named in the murder case, the court has faced several challenges from the logistics to accommodate all parties involved in the case to the struggle of appointing legal counsel who don’t bare a conflict of interest.

In response to these struggles the court has defacto severed the defendants for pre-trial hearings, as a result of safety issues and to avoid a packed court room.

In court today the first group of defendants appeared. They included Benster Benjamin, Isler Miller, Jimmy Moses Hadely and Marvin Rechim.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola reiterated the court struggle noting that the case would continue to be tolled as there are attorneys “mulling” over whether or not they are able to represent some of the defendants.

She stated that she would give the attorneys until April 30th to make the determination at which time she would then proceed with setting dates to address the motions before the court.

Meanwhile, the government made note of their motion to order the collection of hair and blood samples from each of the defendants.

According to Assistant Attorney General Jeremy Kemper, the government has evidence from the crime scene and the victim Manson Ernest’s body, however, they have not been able to send it off to the FBI for testing because they do not have samples from the defendants to compare it to.

Tomorrow the second group of defendants will appear before the court. They include, Albert Santos, Jeremiah Isezaki, Andrew Rios Jr. Vimson Menisio, and A-Last Simiron.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.