Jury selection next in Mangilao machete attack case

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Emanuel Resalap and Jordan Rachulap are the two young men who are accused of attacking motorists in Mangilao with machetes earlier this year.

Trial in the Mangilao machete attack is days away and in preparation, the two young men who stand accused of the attack appeared in court on Monday.

Wednesday has been set as the day the jury will be selected in the case involving Emanuel Resalap and Jordan Rachulap.

According to Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez the task of selecting a jury may be challenging as the case has been in the public spotlight.

The machete attacks did not go unnoticed by the community as it sparked conversations among island leaders and prompted a series of public safety meetings in villages around the island.

Monday’s court hearing focused on a motion for a psychological evaluation of Resalap which has already been completed. His attorney, Sam Tekker, shared that he is considering filing a motion for a more in-depth evaluation of his client as he is facing a life sentence if convicted.

Trial will commence once a jury is selected. Judge Perez anticipates that jury selection will take one day saying: “I think the sooner we complete trial the better.”

A continued pre-trial conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

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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.