Trial in death of Brian Cruz set for Monday

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A surveillance video showed Cruz getting punched in the head before he falls to the ground.

Guam – Jury selection for the two men accused in the death of body boarder Brian Cruz will begin on Monday.

Jaycee White and Alfredo Castro will face a jury next week as they are tried on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and hindering apprehension.

The charges stem from an incident caught on surveillance video in October 2016. That surveillance footage captured what appeared to be White punching Cruz, causing him to fall to the ground before White, Castro and Richard Ragadio, the third defendant, according to Police, carried Cruz out of view of the camera.

Ragadio took a plea deal with the government and is likely to testify during the trial.

 

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.