Third appeal denied in Nimitz Hill Home invasion

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The victim was partially paralyzed as a result of the attack.

Guam – Raymond Torres Tedtaotao’s third appeal in the 2013 Nimitz Hill home invasion, has been denied by the Supreme Court of Guam.

Raymond Torres Tedtaotao was convicted on charges related to a home invasion and assault of a woman in Nimitz Hill. He was found guilty of attempted murder, first degree robbery, aggravated assault and burglary. While he was originally sentenced to life in prison, shortly thereafter, the court re-sentenced Tedtaotao to 55 years imprisonment.

Tedtaotao appealed his conviction arguing that the evidence was insufficient to convict on the offense of attempted murder and that the court erred in instructing the jury on the attempted murder charge.

In the first appeal, the court reversed and vacated his conviction of attempted murder, but affirmed the remainder of Tedtaotao’s convictions. According to court documents, the court decreased his sentencing to a total of 45 years of incarceration.

In the present appeal, Tedtaotao alleges that the court erred in admitting certain video evidence during the trial in violation of Guam Rules of Evidence 403 and 802. He further argued that he was denied effective assistance of counsel.

However, the Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court’s judgment of conviction, saying that Tedtaotao waived the arguments raised in this appeal by not raising them during his initial appeal as required by the “mandate rule.”

They further found that “the newly entered judgment of conviction following the court’s earlier opinion did not open up these issues for direct appeal anew purposes.”

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.