Man convicted in “burnt rice” murder will get second trial in 2018

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The victim initially survived the attack but died about a year later.

Guam – A man convicted of murdering his girlfriend over burnt rice will be heading back to trial as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Clifford San Nicolas was arrested in January 2013, accused of shooting his girlfriend in the neck after an argument ensued over burnt rice.

In July 2015 he was convicted for her murder and sentenced to life in prison. Then in 2016 his conviction was overturned by the higher court after he won his appeal, vacating the murder and family violence convictions.

The case is now back at the lower courts where he appeared yesterday for a pre-trial conference. However, it appears that the second trial will not begin until next year as the pre-trial conference has been continued to January 25, 2018.

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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.