Stipulation filed to set date for Nauta murder trial

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

The government has filed a stipulation to set a date for trial in the case involving the rape and murder of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.

The stipulation filed by the government requests that the trial of accused suspect Brandon Michael Acosta be set for Feb. 17 as the speedy trial clock is nearing its end.

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Acosta’s attorney, William Pole, agreed to the stipulation noting that according to his calculations, the last day the court has to set the matter for trial in accordance with the speedy trial assertion would be on Feb. 18.

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“We had to clarify that we’ve agreed to a certain date so that we are within the speedy trial clock. So instead of doing it by number of days, it was stipulated that it must be done by this day and, as we told the court and we agreed to, if there is some emergency, there would still be 10 additional days to set the trial,” Pole said.

The stipulation is an alternative to the speedy trial clock to which the government will be held which Pole says is allowable according to the rules.

Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez noted that the gravity of the charges will require a large pool of potential jurors. Jury selection will begin on Feb. 17.

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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.