Second trial for alleged murderer to begin this month

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Jury selection has begun for the second trial involving Allan Agababa, the man accused of murdering his mother.

Guam –  Agababa sat quietly in court, as his attorney Curtis Van de Veld and the Attorney General’s office went back and forth arguing about the use of the testimony from Doctor Cohen, an expert witness who testified during Agababa’s first trial, which ended in a mis-trial because of a hung jury. The AG’s office argued that because the testimony is a recording, they would not be able to replicate the process used in the first trial. Meanwhile, van de veld does not agree, arguing that the testimony should be allowed because Cohen was cross examined by the AG’s office which could also be used during trial.

“How are we going to give the jury a reference to photographs especially if they had not been admitted as exhibits. I mean i would then move to strike his testimony in a limited fashion, regarding those photographs, testimony regarding those photographs under 403 because of the confusion that could ensue,” stated the AG’s Office.

Agababa is accused of slaying his mother, June Shelly Bernstein, back in August of 2013. He is facing aggravated murder charges and if found guilty could spend the rest of his life in prison.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
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.