Neighbors testify in Nauta murder trial

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

Today’s testimony in the Timicca Nauta murder trial indirectly touched on a question posed by the defense — why did no one hear any commotion or screams?

Marvin Muna and his brother Brandon Muna both lived in one of the shacks on Timicca Nauta’s family compound during the time the 15-year-old was raped and murdered. Their sister is Acosta’s girlfriend.

First to the stand was Marvin Muna who told the jury that the day before Timicca was found murdered, he met with Acosta three times. He says on June 15, Acosta gave him a ride to cash a paycheck and then they met up again later in the afternoon

The third time Marvin met with Acosta was to pick up a water blaster from Acosta’s home. Marvin says his brother Brandon Muna was with him.

According to Marvin, he went to sleep that night at around 1 a.m. in the morning. At around 4 a.m., he woke up to smoke a cigarette.

Marvin testified that after smoking his cigarette he went back to sleep and didn’t wake up until about 7 a.m. when he heard the sounds of yelling.

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The GPD Criminal Investigations Unit believes that Nauta was murdered sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. This means there is a possibility that Marvin was awake when the crime was being committed.

But in court neither the prosecution or the defense asked him if he heard or saw anything. The sound of yelling he heard were the cries of Nauta’s family at the discovery of her lifeless and mutilated body.

Marvin was cleared by police for involvement in Timicca Nauta’s murder. He was one of the individuals whose DNA was taken and compared to the crime scene and secretions on Nauta.

On the morning of June 18, 2018, Guam Police Department officers say that when they arrived Timicca was still warm to the touch and rigor mortis had not yet set in.