Jury to begin deliberation in Agat shooting trial

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Jared Santos and Mariano Quinata are suspects in the 2018 shooting of Pedro Peredo. But according to defense attorney Anne Gayle and David Lujan, there isn't enough evidence for the jury to hand down a guilty verdict.

After nearly a week of witness testimony, jurors in the Agat Route 2 shooting trial will convene tomorrow to begin deliberations.

Jared Santos and Mariano Quinata are suspects in the 2018 shooting of Pedro Peredo. But according to defense attorney Anne Gayle and David Lujan, there isn’t enough evidence for the jury to hand down a guilty verdict.

Video surveillance from the Agat Mobil gas station and surrounding businesses were not retrieved by the Guam Police Department.

Attorney Gayle, who represents Quinata, pointed out in her closing arguments that police could have checked surveillance cameras in the area to find out where Santos and Quinata drove to after the Mobil encounter, but they didn’t.

She further pointed out that the occupants in the victim’s vehicle changed their story about when the shooting occurred, initially reporting that they were motoring on Route 2 and later indicating that they were parked on the side of the road.

She reminded the jury that Peredo was “blurred out drunk” and victim 2, Six Paulus, admitted that he never saw the gun or gunmen. He only assumed that it was them.

With no video and no eyewitnesses, Lujan in closing stated that Santos and Quinata were minding their own business and there is no evidence that they were the responsible parties.

Closing arguments were held on Friday. The jury in the case will convene tomorrow to weigh the evidence.

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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.