Guam – There are now 9 individuals charged in the murder of DOC detainee Manson Ernest and while trial was set for April 13, a toll on the motions before the court has the trial on hold.
With the superseding indictment naming two new defendants, Jeremiah Isezaki and Vimson Menisio, the court must once again find legal counsels who will be able to represent the new defendants as well as Andrew Rios Jr. whose attorney Randy Cunliffe filed a motion to withdraw due to his previous representation of Isezaki in another matter.
“Prior to the withdrawal Mr Cunliffe had filed on behalf of Mr Rios 3 out of 13 motions pending before the court. Furthermore Isezaki and Meniso were just appointed counsel at their arraignments on April 4. The court will therefore postpone the hearing on motions to give Rios Menisio and Isezaki time to meet with your attorneys,” noted Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola.
There were several motions before the court which has granted the motions for an investigator while all other motions are pending.
The court also addressed a concern regarding the assertion of the right to a speedy trial, noting that the number of the defendants and the seriousness of the charges has made it difficult for the court to secure legal counsel for the defendants.
To date, 20 attorneys have been assigned to the case while 11 have withdrawn due to a conflict of interest or lack of experience in these types of charges.
These difficulties have warranted the court to toll the assertion delaying the trial date until the court addresses the motions.
The next hearing is set for April 16th.