Defense requests judge to sequester jury in Ehlert trial


Closing arguments will begin at 10 am Friday.

Guam – The defense in the Michael Ehlert sex abuse trial rested its case in chief in court today. That means that the jury could possibly deliberate and return a verdict by Friday evening.

Closing arguments in the high-profile case of University of Guam Professor Michael Ehlert, who stands accused of sexually assaulting several female UOG students while they attended “stroup parties” at his Ipan residence, are set to be heard Friday. In court today,

In court today, Ehlert’s attorney Jay Arriola made a request to sequester the jurors.

“In the event the jury is unable to conclude deliberations and reach a verdict by the end of the day on Friday, we motion the court to seriously consider sequestering the jury for the remainder of the deliberations,” Arriola said in court.

While Judge Vernon Perez stated that he would look into sequestration, he expressed doubts as he has never had to sequester a jury before.

Closing arguments will begin at 10 am on Friday.

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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.