Guam – Closing arguments in the trial of accused rapist Austin Barcinas concluded Tuesday, but the jury has not begun deliberations.
Before the jury can deliberate and review the evidence before them, they must first be provided with detailed jury instructions. According to Judiciary of Guam Public Information officer Shawn Gumataotao, jury instructions have been continued until tomorrow morning. Once completed he says that the deliberation process will begin.
The jury is tasked with determining whether or not Barcinas raped his 1st cousin, who at the time of the alleged crime was 14-years old.
Barcinas is facing charges of 4th degree criminal sexual conduct as a misdemeanor, assault with the intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, two counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct as a first degree felony, and two counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct as a 1st degree felony.