Jury selection begins for trial in death of body boarder

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Surveillance footage from Tumon shows what appears to be a man delivering a fatal blow to Brian Cruz’s head.

Guam – A year has passed since the night local body boarder Brian Cruz was found in the backseat of a car unconscious and unresponsive. Monday marked the beginning of jury selection in the trial of the two men allegedly involved in his death.

The court room of Judge Michael Bordallo was filled with potential jurors, as two panels were summoned for consideration. Judge Bordallo explained one panel may have not been sufficient in light of the publicity the case has received.

Jaycee White, Alfredo Castro, and a third defendant who took a plea deal, Richard Ragadio, are accused of dumping Cruz in the backseat of a car and driving to Linda’s Cafe where they were involved in a riot with other men.

Surveillance footage from a camera in Tumon depicts White allegedly delivering the fatal blow knocking Cruz to the ground before Castro and Ragadio dragged him out of the camera’s view. He died from his injuries a week after the incident.

White stands accused of manslaughter and aggravated assault while Castro is accused of kidnapping and assault. Jury selection and trial will continue Tuesday.

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.