Isezaki takes the stand in cop murder plot trial

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Guam – Accused of plotting to murder a police officer, Jeremiah Isezaki defended his side of the story but the Government wasn’t buying it and questioned why the jury should.

In 2012 Jeremiah Isezaki along with Brandon Baluran and Michael Torre were arrested for allegedly plotting to murder GPD Officer Benny “Butch” Babauta, an officer they believed planted a gun on Isezaki landing him with federal charges.

But according to Isezaki they never planned on killing Babauta instead he told jurors that the plan was to provide the opportunity for Babauta to show he was a corrupt cop.

The plan included using Janessa Corpuz to lure Babauta to a secluded location, get them in the same vehicle together in hopes that Babauta would use his badge to solicit sex from Corpuz.

A “citizen’s arrest” as Isezaki called it, as the interaction was supposed to be captured on a cellphone as evidence. Evidence Isezaki says he was going to provide to GPD’s Internal Affairs division.

When asked if he was going to use the evidence to blackmail Babauta he stated, “it wouldn’t have made a difference because he wasn’t part of the witnesses in my trial.”

Versions of his story has been brought up during testimony from other witneses such as Corpuz. She testified that GPD jumped the gun and targeted Isezaki and would not listen when she attempted to clear the situation up years ago, on the stand she was adamant that at no time did Isezaki mention the word “kill.”

But the government isn’t convinced asking Isezaki “isn’t it accurate that this jury can’t believe anything you are saying? Haven’t you already admitted that you lied on a court document?”

“I am being truthful because I swore an oath today,” replied Isezaki.

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.