Guam – The Attorney General’s Office may be preparing to file additional charges against police officers in connection with the Blue House case.
Assistant Attorney General Nelson Werner said in court this morning that there may be a new victim in the ongoing investigation into allegations of police involvement at the now closed Blue House Lounge. Werner said there is a possibility that a new indictment with additional charges will be made based upon information provided by the new victim.
If Werner files more charges, it will be the third superseding indictment in the Blue House case. Five people are currently named in the indictment, Song Ja Cha, the bar owner facing a life sentence in Federal Prison; Freda Eseun, Cha’s employee; and three police officers, Mario Laxamana, David Manila and Anthony Quenga.
“Mr. Werner said that there was some new victim and they plan to do a new indictment based upon that information. Going back to what we’ve already argued that hey, why did you rush in the first place to bring this if there’s all this new information,” Defense Attorney William Pole told PNC in an interview. Pole represents Manila.
Pole has filed additional motions for bail modification to have Manila released. He says Manila is willing to put up his house as bail.
“He doesn’t have $250,000 cash but he has a house and in that house lives his girlfriend, lives his sister, lives his older children and his girlfriend’s just about to give birth so he’s gonna have a new child. He has all of these reasons to follow the court’s orders,” argued Pole.
A status hearing has been scheduled on January 14 at which point another hearing for the motions will be scheduled..
Meanwhile, Attorney Leevin Camacho has withdrawn as Officer Quenga’s attorney, citing conflict of interest. Atty. Doug Moylan has been appointed to replace Camacho and a hearing is set for December 24 to determine his eligibility to represent Quenga.