Hearings for machete attack suspects may be separated

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Mangilao machete attack defendants (PNC photo)

Two men who were implicated in the Mangilao machete attack may not go to trial together as one has asserted his right to a speedy trial while the other is pending evaluations needed to move forward.

Jordan Rachulap and Emanuel Reselap appeared in court Thursday to see where their case stands as Rachulap has asserted his right to a speedy trial which means the clock is ticking.

But it appears that there may be two trials instead of one as co-defendant Reselap is pending a forensic or psychiatric evaluation for another case. “His mental state is at issue,” Reselap’s attorney said.

Meanwhile, Rachulap’s attorney, Gloria Rudolph, says she will discuss the motion with her client to determine if he will waive his right to a speedy trial. A hearing has been set for July 29.

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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.