Jury selection for Lt. Col. Franklin Babauta will continue on February 10 as scheduled.
Guam – Federal judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood denied a request to delay Lt. Col. Franklin Babauta’s G-RAP trial to March.
Jury selection for Babauta started this week, but was postponed to February 10. Babauta is facing charges of theft for allegedly conspiring with former Guam Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino to defraud the government out $2,000 in Guard Recruitment Assistance Program or G-RAP bonuses.
Constantino, meanwhile, was just found guilty this week in the same case and has been subpoenaed to testify in Babauta’s case.
The attorneys had requested to delay the trial to accommodate government witnesses from off-island, among other reasons. The US Government says hotel rooms are fully booked in anticipation of Chinese New year.
Judge Gatewood denied the request ordering the prosecution to continue to look for lodging for off-island witnesses.