The trial of the two young men who are accused of being involved in the Mangilao machete incident did not move forward Friday with opening statements as intended and the trial has been delayed until next week.
Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez delayed the proceedings as the court waited for critical information regarding one of the associated parties. While the reason for the delay was not provided, Perez stated that the one-day delay could possibly be longer and that the court would have a better idea of how to proceed by the end of Friday.
Because the case has incited extensive media coverage, Perez sternly warned the jurors to not engage in any information relating to the trial so that their judgment would not be compromised.
According to Perez, opening statements for the trial are set for Monday morning at 9:45.