The jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching a verdict.
Guam – After a few hours in deliberations, the jury in the trial of Max Theodore Manabat, the man accused in the fatal auto-moped collision, has reached a verdict.
In court today, closing arguments were heard, painting two different sides of the story for the jury.
According to court documents, Aguero was riding a moped on August 13 when he collided with Manabat’s Toyota Camry, which was attempting to make a left turn onto Jose Gal Street near Payless in Yigo. It was that fateful turn that the people argue caused the crash and the death of Aguero.
“When there is a vehicle crash there is a cause and there are contributing factors, contributing factors are like slick roadways, solar glare, heavy rain even DUI. They don’t cause the accident or the crash, rather, they are contributing factors. It makes it more dangerous, more likely for a crash to happen. What is a cause is such things like running a stop sign, running a red light, not paying attention to your driving or making a left turn and not having enough time to clear an intersection and avoid collision with an oncoming vehicle,” said lead prosecutor Atty. Peter Santos.
The defense argued that the case was not investigated as a homicide and that the defense is not placing blame on the victim.
“The government says that I am trying to lay the blame on Mr. Aguero. I’m not trying to lay the blame on Mr. Aguero. I’m poking holes in his case. Ms. Santos didn’t give Max Manabat a ticket, no evidence–didn’t say he did anything wrong, no evidence. [It was a] non-homicide case at the time. All she knew at the scene was Mr. Aguero had a passenger on the back of his moped. Offending vehicle from the evidence at the scene, he was not Max,” argued Defense Attorney Randal Cunliffe.
After closing arguments, the jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching their verdict. Max Theodore Manabat was found guilty of negligent homicide as a second degree felony, an offense which carries a prison term of up to 8 years.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 28, 2018.