Arraignment held in Dededo rape case
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Three men charged in connection with the rape of a 24-year-old woman at Lencho Park in Dededo were in the Superior Court of Guam this afternoon. Francis Madeus, Minorichy Rugante and Jose Longa appeared with their attorneys today.
Madeus' arraignment was continued until Friday, as he was given a new lawyer. Rugante pleaded not guilty and asserted his right to a speedy trial.
Longa's attorney, Eric Miller, stated, "With respect to Mr. Longa, we are going to enter a plea of not guilty - not guilty by reason of mental defect or disease. We are going to waive all right to a speedy trial demand a jury of trial. Demand all discovery including Laxamana notes and grand jury proceedings."
The three are scheduled to appear back in court on February 5.
Police meanwhile are still searching for a 12-year-old boy and an unidentified Chuukese man who participated in the sexual assault but were able to flee the scene.