by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Statements made by Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao to federal authorities have been thrown out and cannot be used during the couple's trial when it begins next Tuesday. Chief Judge Ramona Manglona acted on a number of pre-trial motions and while a number of defense motions including one to sever the two defendants, were denied, the court did grant the motions to suppress.
As we reported, Macrina filed a motion to have statements she made to Drug Enforcement Administration agents last year thrown out. The couple faces federal drug trafficking charges and are accused of conspiring to bring large quantities of crystal methamphetamine from the Philippines to Guam. Macrina alleged that in addition to be subjected to several body searches and being detained for more than 16 hours, she was never read her rights or given an attorney despite requests for one.
Eric also sought the suppression of statements he made to federal authorities where he not only admitted to drug trafficking activities but also directly implicated his wife in those acts.
Jury selection is set to begin at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.