Rape trial continues tomorrow with prosecution’s key witness


Guam – The prosecution has only two witnesses left before they rest their case against the man accused of raping a 14 year old girl nearly six years ago.

Austin James Cruz Barcinas was 17 at the time the rape allegedly occurred.  Police say the victim had visited Barcinas’ residence and was drugged. When the victim woke up, she complained of pain to her private parts. Reports indicate that at the time, Barcinas told police that there were four men home, including himself.

Today, in court GPD Criminologist Erlinda Valencia took the stand in an effort to pave the way for key witnesses set to testify for the prosecution tomorrow. According to the defense, that witness is FBI Agent Jessica Walker—who they say is integral to the prosecution’s case.

According to court documents all four men provided DNA samples.

Valencia, for her part, testified to her role in the collection of the DNA from Robert Wolford and Barcinas.  The criminologist said DNA plaque cards were sent to the FBI for analysis and “results from the DNA analysis indicated, to a scientific degree of certainty, the DNA profile of Barcinas was the contributor of the DNA found on the victim’s underwear.” The remaining three men were excluded as DNA contributors of the sample found on the victim’s underwear.

Trial will continue tomorrow with testimony from FBI Agent Jessica Walker and Shane Hoffman.

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.