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JURY TRIAL

Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA, which was scheduled for Oct. 9, 2020 is now pushed back by the court to Apr. 5, 2021 due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lefatia, who is out on bond appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Government witnesses, over the last two days of the Mosese Lomu jury trial, have pointed to actions that were not routine as part of what happened on the night where inmate Manu Lefatia allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and shot a man in...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing - a felony - is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 19, 2020. During a status hearing last week before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia, attorneys from both sides confirmed that they are prepared for Tala’i Alesana’s jury trial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of giving marijuana to a minor to sell for him in the beginning of this year has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial — and trial is now set for March 2020. Opetaia Asuni appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. Assistant...
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KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii — Jury trial is set to open Wednesday for two men and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with the brutal assault of a Kailua Village hotel security guard last fall. Wesley Samoa, Natisha Tautalatasi and Lama Lauvao have each pleaded not guilty to a single charge...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While all of the government's witnesses have testified that the driver of the red truck that took police on a high speed chase in late Dec. 2017 was Manu Lefatia, two defense witnesses told jurors that they played pool with Lefatia at his residence in Puapua from 5 pm...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase back in Dec. 2017 began yesterday in High Court. Manu Lefatia, who has been in custody without bail since his arrest Jan. 2018 is charged with first-degree...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Folasa Galea’i was found guilty this past Wednesday afternoon of vehicular homicide, after jurors deliberated for 2 1/2 hours. Vehicular homicide is a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Galea’i, 26, didn’t react...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government called 3 witnesses during Day 1 of Folasa Galeai’s jury trial, and one of them was the wife of the deceased — also the only eyewitness — who told jurors that at the time of the accident, the defendant’s vehicle was flying towards theirs. Galea’i, who is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A High Court jury has found Sonny Tui not guilty of two drug charges: unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. This was after a third charge — authorizing illegal drugs into the territory — was...

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