Trial set in the murder of DOC detainee Manson Ernest


Guam – While only four of the seven DOC detainees charged in the murder of Manson Ernest appeared in court this morning, the two who have asserted their rights to a speedy trial have set the timeline for trial to begin next month.

Discovery has yet to be provided by the government but the wheels are in motion for a target trial date set for April 13. According to the government discovery is being compiled, also notifying the court that he was scheduled to meet with additional witnesses in the case this afternoon.

Despite this Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola pushed the government to ensure that discovery be received tomorrow as she points out that Albert Santos Jr and co-defendant Benster Benjamin have asserted their rights to a speedy trial. As a result, any motions in the case will be heard on March 30th, followed by a pre-trial conference on April 2nd.

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.