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.