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.