Guam – A true bill was handed down by a Superior Court grand jury yesterday implicating seven DOC Detainees in the death of fellow detainee Manson Ernest.
Seven defendants and 19 charges are contained in an indictment handed down late Monday afternoon by a grand jury. The indictment pertains to the brutal beating and death of DOC detainee Manson Ernest at the Hagatna Detention Facility.
The indictment list 19 charges of murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and criminal sexual conduct. It does not contain the charge of conspiracy as originally charged in the Magistrate complaint.
The defendants include detainees Marvin Rechim, Benster Benjamin, A-last Simiron, Isler Miller, Albert Babauta Santos II, Jimmy Moses Hadley, and Andrew James Rios.
All of the men with the exception of Rios were charged with Murder Manslaughter and aggravated assault. Rios was the only one to be charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct.
The charges stem from a homicide investigation which revealed that the detainees carried out an act of vigilante justice, indicating that they were making Ernest “pay for his crime” and that was the alleged sexual assault of a defenseless and vulnerable victim, a woman who had down syndrome. Ernest was subjected to six beatings that lasted an entire day and one sexual assault in which he was digitally penetrated. Ernest was discovered dead in his cell the following morning.
The defendants have been held on a $250,000 cash bail with the exception of Rios who is held on $100,000 cash bail.