Guam – History has repeated itself in the case of an alleged attempted drug smuggling trial. The re-trial of the accused couple involved has ended with yet another hung jury.
In May, the first trial of Juanita Moser and Raymond Martinez ended with a hung jury, prompting the court to assign a new jury and a new trial.
Yesterday, after five days in deliberations, the new jury informed the court they could not reach a verdict. After polling the jurors, the court declared a mistrial.
While the defense orally motioned for a judgment of acquittal to dismiss the charges and prevent further prosecution, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood instructed the defense to put it in writing.
The motion is due by Friday with the government ‘s opposition due next Tuesday.
Moser and Martinez are accused of conspiring to smuggle eight pounds, or approximately $2 million worth of methamphetamine into the island.