Machete attack trial starts today

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Mangilao machete attack defendants (PNC photo)

Prompting a series of public safety community meetings, the highly publicized Mangilao machete attack case will begin trial on Friday.

Attempted murder, aggravated assault, terrorizing and criminal mischief, to name a few, are among the charges being levied against Emmanuel Reselap and Jordan Rachulap.

Trial for the two young men will begin early Friday morning as the government intends to prove that the suspects are responsible for the machete attack in Mangilao last June.

Reselap is accused of stabbing an individual with a machete. He, along with Rachulap, are also accused of striking motorists’ vehicles with machetes and rocks.

A jury, now empaneled, and legal counsels will begin trial with opening statements explaining what the evidence will or will not show, followed by testimony from approximately two dozen witnesses and eight victims.

The trial is anticipated to take roughly 10 days before jury instructions and deliberations commence.

It will then be up to the jury to weigh the evidence and come up with a verdict. Trial starts at 8:30 a.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.