Trial for William Topasna Mantanona pushed back
Some 4,000 pages of discovery, plus recordings that are not in English for review, has allowed for defendant William Topasna Mantanona's trial date to be continued to Jan. 7.
Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted the motion for continuation in federal court today. Trial was previously set for Nov. 13.
Mantanona was indicted for obstruction of justice charges along with his brother, former Guam Police Department officer John "Boom" Mantanona and former Juror Greg Tyquiengco, they are accused of conspiring to influence the jury to vote "not guilty" in the Raymond and Juanita Martinez drug trial case. The Martinez case was moved to California, where the two defendants entered a guilty plea and were sentenced to two years in prison.
In addition to needing more time for review, the counsels conflicting schedules also determined William Topasna Mantanona's extended trial date to next year.