Machete trial delayed; jurors given day off

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Emmanuel Reselap and Jordan Rachulap were both asked if they would be testifying in their defense and both declined the right. (Pool photo by David Castro)

Trial was delayed in the case involving brothers Jordan Rachulap and Emmanuel Reselap who have been implicated in the machete attack in Mangilao.

After three days of witness testimony, today’s trial was supposed to commence with closing arguments but instead Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez gave the jurors a day off.

“We have heard from the government in this matter they’ve closed their case. I’m prepared to again address the defense table about how we may move forward. The court is also understanding that whatever the choice may be, closing arguments will quickly ensue,” Perez said.

He says that legal counsels need additional time given the volume of witness testimony instructions required for the jury to deliberate.

The court will also need to clarify exhibits and address any issues pertaining to them before closing arguments as Perez stated “all I want to assure you of… is no surprises as we move into tomorrow’s schedule.

Reselap is facing attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and terrorizing charges. Rachulap is facing criminal mischief and terrorizing charges.

The charges of aggravated assault as a felony and misdemeanor were dismissed in court on Wednesday.

Jurors will return Friday morning for commencement of closing arguments.

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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.