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.