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Court grants defense motion in assault case

SUPERIOR Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho has ordered the Office of the Attorney General to release the personnel files of police officers involved in the case of Ken Matzue, who was accused of stabbing a store employee in Garapan in Oct. 2018.

Judge Camacho’s order was in response to Assistant Public Defender Stephanie Boutsicaris’ request for the files.

The judge also granted Boutsicaris’ motion to hold an evidentiary hearing.

Issued on Friday, the order likewise granted the defense motion to compel discovery related to the use of police vehicles and the collection of physical evidence.

Moreover, the judge ordered the government to provide discovery as to the alleged victim’s shirt and a police officer’s report regarding the shirt.

Judge Camacho ordered the government to provide the police officer personnel files, police vehicle usage records and report on the victim’s shirt on or before May 31, 2019.

Boutsicaris has withdrawn her request for a report on the kitchen knife allegedly on Matzue’s possession at the time of his arrest.

At Friday’s hearing, Matzue said the knife presented by the prosecutor in court was not his.

Matzue was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. According to a store employee, Matzue stabbed him after confronting the defendant for not paying for the beer that he put inside his bag.

An evidentiary hearing will be held on May 31 while a pre-trial conference was set for June 5, 2019 at 9 a.m.

The jury trial will be held at the federal courthouse on June 24, 2019, starting at 9 a.m.