Hadley pleads guilty in DOC murder case, will testify against co-actors

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Guam – The case against the nine individuals charged in the murder of DOC Detainee Manson Ernest is at a stand still, but that does not prevent any of the defendants from entering into a plea agreement with the government, as one has done today.

Jimmy Moses Hadley has struck a deal with the government pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault.

Hadly allegedly one of seven men who beat DOC detainee Manson Ernest at the Hagatna Detention Center. He was indicted on the charge of murder and conspiracy.

As part of the plea agreement Hadley will have to testify against the co-actors in the case.  They are Marvin Rechim, Benster Benjamin, Isler Miller, A-Last Simiron, Jeremiah Isezaki, Vimson Menisio, Albert Santos and Andrew Rios Jr.

Meanwhile, the court may need to appoint new attorneys to two of the defendants, and information received by Judge Sukola regarding two other co-actors in the case may further delay the case from proceeding to trial.

Sukola stated she received information that attorneys William Gavras and Mitch Thompson may withdraw as legal counsels. This means that the court must once again find attorneys who do not have a conflict of interest in the case.

The court has had a difficult time in the past, however Sukola is hopeful that by May 7th attorneys will be secured and hearings on the pending motions can be set.

At this time motions include, severance, motion to dismiss and motion to disqualify.

The speedy trial clock remains tolled.

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.