Judge grants severances, denies dismisal in GHURA case

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Guam – Trial in the case involving GHURA Board Executives who are accused of conspiring to violate open government law will move forward but instead of one trial there will be three.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola has issued her decision and order relative to motions to sever and motions to dismiss.

The motions to sever were filed by former board members John Illao and Deanne Torre, both were granted by the court.

This means that Illao and Torre will be tried separately from co-defendants David Sablan, Roland Selvige, Cecile Suda, and Rosie Blas.

The last defendant in the case GHURA Director Michael Duenas has accepted a plea deal from the government and may be called to testify in the proceedings.

Meanwhile, all motions to dismiss the charges against the defendants were denied.

While it was argued by Selvige and Torre that there is no probable cause, the court denied the request allowing for the allegations of conspiracies charged to be decided by a jury.

A criminal trial setting is scheduled for May 23rd.

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.