Nauta rape and murder trial nears

Brandon Michael Acosta is charged with allegedly raping and murdering 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.

While a trial date has not been set in the case involving the murder and rape of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta, the court has indicated that it intends to set a date at the next hearing and all parties need to be ready.

Leading up to a trial, there are many moving parts that must be in place before the trial begins such as addressing motions that may arise.

In court this morning, Brandon Michael Acosta’s attorney pointed out that neither parties have submitted their witness list. The need for this filing is highlighted as the witness list could result in motions to be filed further delaying the trial.

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Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez said: “I am trying to eliminate surprises in this trial. At this point, letting the defense know who you intend to bring will be wise. I would suggest that you have your witness list ready for when we come back on the 23rd of December.”

Other delays in the case that have arisen are related to a motion that was granted for a second assessment and evaluation of Acosta at the defense’s request.

The hearing set for Dec. 23 will address any further motions by the parties.


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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.