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Charges against prison murder defendants could be dropped

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Could they get away with murder?

Attorneys for the remaining six defendants charged in connection to last year's killing at the Hagåtña lockup argued their motions to dismiss the case without prejudice.

The men are charged for killing Edrite "Manson" Isar, who was also a detainee at the prison.

As reported, jury selection was set to start today.
Trial, however, was delayed as a result of the pending motions before the court.

Defense attorney Gloria Rudolph argued that the government violated Marvin Rechim's speedy trial rights. She cites a recent order from the Supreme Court which determined "delaying trial to permit the People to conduct further investigation is not 'good cause.'"

Defense counsels joined on Rudolph's motion and attorney Mark Kondas also argued his client allegedly committed assault, not murder.

He stated his client was sitting on the toilet allegedly kicking the victim in the head and shoulders, but the medical examiner concluded the victim died of a crushed chest.

The government agreed the case should be dismissed without prejudice. This means the case can be charged again at a later time.

The motion was taken under advisement.

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