Deal may be reached in fatal stabbing case

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Brandy Stephanus has received an offer from the government and according to Stephanus' attorney additional time is needed to allow prosecutor Lenny Rapadas time to confer with the victim's family.

A deal could be reached in the fatal stabbing of Randy Tomei.

Accused murderer Brandy Stephanus has received an offer from the government and according to Stephanus’ attorney, additional time is needed to allow prosecutor Lenny Rapadas time to confer with the victim’s family.

With an offer on the table, it appears that the Castle Doctrine defense in determining whether the act was self-defense may not be argued in court should Stephanus sign the agreement.

A look at the court complaint suggested that there may have been more to the story. As Stephanus’ court-appointed attorney Stephen Hattori has previously pointed out: “Your honor based on the review of the declaration, it appears that this could be a Castle Doctrine case and under Guam law, he’s protected from criminal prosecution because of that.”

The next hearing is set for Sept. 26.

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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.