Medical Emergency delays Vehicular homicide trial


Defendant’s father requires medical treatment during hearing, delaying first day of trial.

Guam – Today, was supposed to be the first day of trial for Max Manabat, the man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of James Aguero, however, a medical emergency in court put the brakes on the proceedings.

While opening statements will not be heard until tomorrow, the court did address a motion to exclude the charges of failure to yield and improper left turn, which the defense argued the Government chose to dismiss with prejudice.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola stated in court that the two charges can not be proven because of the dismissal, adding that Manabat was never charged, adjudicated or guilty. The court prohibited allegations of the charge of improper left turn, further stating that the people can not allege the failure to yield or improper left turn in opening statements as those phrase insinuate that Manabat violated Guam law.

Trial will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.