Machete trial delayed, moved to next week

Mangilao machete attack defendants (PNC photo)

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.


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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.