Court to consider defense's request to suppress evidence in teen's death

'JUSTICE FOR TIMICCA': The family of Timicca Nauta posted a banner with the message "Justice for Timicca" at the entrance to their residence in Dededo. This photo was taken in August 2018. Post file photo

Two Guam police officers who investigated the murder of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta and the Dededo burglaries reported in the days following her death were called to testify in the Superior Court during a hearing held for the teen's alleged killer.

Brandon Michael Acosta, who was indicted on charges of murder and rape, appeared before Judge Vernon Perez on Wednesday.

At issue was a motion to suppress evidence in the case, which includes clothing that police seized from his Dededo home.

The government contends police officers were given consent to seize the defendant's shorts and slippers and were entitled to seize them.

Defense attorney William Pole argued police didn't have consent.

Assistant Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas called GPD officers Carl Lizama and Eric Barcinas up to the witness stand. Both were a part of the homicide and burglary investigations that Acosta is being accused of.

The officers noted the search warrant executed at Acosta's Dededo home. Lizama testified that he got consent to seize the items, while Barcinas said he located the items at the defendant's home.

Perez took the defense's motion under advisement.

It was said in court that Acosta is expected to go to trial in mid-October.

Prior to that, he's scheduled to return to the courtroom on Aug. 30 to discuss a sealed motion that Pole said calls for a "second evaluation" to be performed on his client.