Defense attorney Lujan targets prosecution’s witness in closing arguments

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Guam – Last week, the prosecution had their opportunity to make their case against the couple accused of conspiring to smuggle over 2 million dollars of methamphetamine into the island.

Today, the last phase of the trial continued with closing arguments from the defense.

Attorney David Lujan looked to prove the entire case against his client Juanita Moser and co-defendant Raymond Martinez was a scheme meticulously concocted by the government to aide corrupt Customs and Quarantine agent Henry Alvendia out of serious trouble and a lengthy prison sentence.

“People may think I am crazy for saying this, but the government and Alvendia’s agent friends thought up this plan to benefit Alvendia,” said Lujan.

He contends evidence of this favoritism by the government dates back to 2002, pointing out Alvendia and Agent Erwin Fejeran were classmates, co-workers and friends.

He further made it a point to address the evidence the government had against Alvendia in 2011.

“Even though they knew he was a corrupt government agent they stopped investigating him,” Lujan said, adding that the real reason was because “they were buddies.”

Lujan pointed out the motivation to create a crime rather that to deter one was not only present but that Alvendia also lacks credibility.  According to Lujan, Alvendia has lied on the stand, telling jurors, “you think he is not going to lie to you, he lied to you many times.”

The government will have one last opportunity to address the arguments made by the defense with a rebuttal.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.