Guam – The court will begin addressing motions in the case against nine DOC detainees implicated in the brutal beating and murder of fellow detainee Manson Ernest.
The right to a speedy trial continues to be tolled as the court has set dates to address a multitude of motions pertaining to the case.
DOC detainee Manson Ernest was found dead in his cell on December 29, 2017, nearly five months ago.
Since then several factors have contributed to the “tolling” of the speedy trial clock, one of which was the court’s ability to appoint conflict free legal counsel to all nine defendants.
To this day, Andrew Rios Jr, the only man to be charged with criminal sexual conduct in the case has yet to be arraigned, as a result of the difficulty in appointing him legal counsel.
But there is movement being made in preparation for the murder trial.
In court today, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola issued dates to address the motions. On May 18th, Sukola is scheduled to hear arguments on Albert Santos and Marvin Rechim’s motions to sever.
Rechim is allegedly the individual who began the assault on Ernest, and as court documents state Santos then followed in his suit continuing to beat Ernest in a cell at the Hagatna Detention Facility, before five other co-actors joined in.
A second motion hearing was also set for May 25th, this hearing will address the remaining motions involving dismissing charges, and compelling discovery from the government.
At this time, Jimmy Moses Hadley has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and Jeremiah Isezaki made an assertion in court that he intends to cooperate with the government for a plea deal.
Other defendants in the case include, Benster Benjamin, A-last Simiron, and Vimson Menisio.