Brandon Michael Acosta's request to keep certain evidence from being used in his murder trial has been denied.
Acosta was indicted on murder and rape charges in connection to the 2018 murder of 15-year-old Timicca Nauta.
Acosta’s motion to suppress evidence in the case includes clothing that police seized from his Dededo home. Defense attorney William Pole argued police didn’t have consent.
The government argued police officers were given consent – and were entitled – to seize the defendant’s shorts and slippers.
Superior Court of Guam Judge Vernon Perez, in an Oct. 7 order, denied the request.
"The court finds the items were discovered during a lawful search authorized by a valid warrant and appropriately seized ... the court will not suppress the items for trial," Perez states in his order.
Further proceedings and trial dates will be scheduled after the court rules on Acosta's remaining motion, which was filed under seal. According to Post files, a sealed motion previously discussed requested for a further evaluation to be performed on the defendant.
Perez said he anticipates jury selection and trial to begin this month.