Judge may allow for defense access to DOC murder scene

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Guam – More motions were heard in the case involving the murder of DOC detainee Manson Ernest and it appears that at least two of the motions may be granted.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola indicated that she may grant a motion to allow defense attorneys for Marvin Rechim and Isler Miller to accesss the crime scene.

Both attorneys argued that having access was crucial to building a proper defense for their clients, indicating that many of the reports are based on hearsay and witness claims. By accessing the scene they indicated that they would be able to determine vantage points or line of sight, and may even find evidence that can not be seen in photographs.

Sukola also indicated that she may allow the motion to provide access to the scene for jurors. That means that when the trial begins they may take a field trip to the Hagatna Detention Facility to be able to put into context and better understand the evidence and any potential witness testimony of the facility.

She did state, however, that she would not allow witnesses to testify at the crime scene.

Sukola has also taken under advisement several other motions which include Rechim’s motion for severance and the government’s motion to collect DNA samples from each of the defendants.

The next motion hearing is on May 25.

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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.