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.
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.