Jury selection starts in teen murder trial

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Brandon Michael Acosta is charged with allegedly raping and murdering 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.

Jury selection got underway today in the murder trial of Brandon Michael Acosta who is accused in the 2018 killing of 15-year old Timicca Nauta.

According to court records, Acosta admitted “admitted his involvement” in the death which occurred at Nauta’s great-grandmother’s home along Chalan Koda in Dededo

The Okkodo High School student was found dead in her bedroom. She was sexually assaulted and then stabbed to death.

Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez is presiding. In court Friday he said he hopes to have a jury seated by tomorrow.

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“My intention is to have 75-80 proposed jurors in the morning. The same amount in the afternoon from those two sessions — one at 9:30 one at 2:00. We’ll direct those that are eligible to be jurors to come back the following afternoon on Tuesday afternoon. Depending on where we are at on Monday afternoon, if we have enough people to choose the jury for Mr. Acosta’s trial, then we won’t need to utilize Tuesday morning,” the judge said.

The first witness in the case is not expected to testify until Wednesday.

Acosta faces life in prison if convicted.

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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.