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.