Jury in rape trial awaits final jury instructions before deliberating


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.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
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.