Dismissal of charges in DOC murder case is possible

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Guam – A recent Supreme Court ruling may force the trial court to dismiss the charges against the eight men who remain accused of brutally beating DOC detainee Manson Ernest to death.

Marvin Rechim, A-last Simiron, Albert Santos, Andrew Rios, Benster Benjamin, Isler Miller, Jimmy Hadley and Vimson Menisio may all be let off the hook for the alleged murder of fellow detainee Manson Ernest, at least for now. In court today Rechim put forth a motion to dismiss the charges with prejudice citing the recent Supreme Court decision in the Max Ahn case which ruled that additional time to receive FBI testing was not sufficient cause to exceed the speedy trial clock.

“That is exactly the situation here what we had was an assertion by all defendants to a right to speedy trial and July 2, 2018 a hearing was held on all motion and the people requested for a delay to receive evidence from the FBI. Dismissal is appropriate in this case,” argued Rechim’s attorney Gloria Rudolph

While, the government agrees with the dismissal they do not agree with dismissing the charges with prejudice, stating doing so would be, “letting them get away with murder.”

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola has taken the motion under advisement and will be issuing a written decision.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.