Court hears motion to suppress evidence in Acosta case

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

A mini-trial was held in court Wednesday morning as Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez presided over a motion to suppress filed in the case involving the murder of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.

The motion to suppress evidence was filed by the suspect Brandon Michael Acosta’s attorney William Pole who is attempting to have any evidence related to a pair of shorts and slippers excluded from trial.

With the motion filed, the burden was shifted to the government who was tasked with providing witnesses.

The government placed two GPD officers on the stand to testify towards the events that transpired supporting their claim that they did everything properly and followed procedure in obtaining the material.

Pole says that he was able to cross-examine the government’s witnesses and that it will be up to the court to make a determination as it is “not always black and white,” taking into consideration that officers fall under the good-faith exception.

Both parties have two weeks to present what they think the evidence proves or disproves and how it relates to the 4th amendment. The next hearing is set for Aug. 30. Meanwhile, the trial is anticipated for October.

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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.