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.
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.
“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.