Trial in DOC murder case could be delayed

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Guam – There are a couple of issues facing the court which could mean a delay in the trial of the seven DOC detainees implicated in the murder of fellow DOC detainee Manson Ernest.

Trial is set for April 13th, but whether or not the court is able to adhere to the scheduled date is dependent on the following:

First, is securing a legal representative for Marvin Rechim. While the court has appointed several lawyers to represent him, each appointment has been followed by a withdraw of the legal counsel as a result of a conflict of interest.

To this day, Rechim has yet to be arraigned in the matter as no lawyer has represented him long enough to move forward with an arraignment hearing.

Rechim allegedly began the assaults on Manson Ernest, telling police that he was making Ernest pay for the crime he committed, which according to court documents was the alleged rape of a vulnerable victim with down syndrome.

The second issue before the court is addressing all motions filed by the defendants. According to Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola, at this time three motions have already been filed and she anticipates many more are to follow.

The motions are set to be heard on April 9th, however, the court must make a ruling on each motion before proceeding to trial.

In addition to this Isler Miller’s attorney Mark Kondas notified the court that they will be hiring a private investigator which will also be filed as a motion.

Several defendants in the case have asserted their right to a speedy trial, however until the issues before the court are addressed the speedy clock could be tolled which means trial may not occur as scheduled.

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.