Jury selection begins for men involved in body boarder’s death

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Brian Cruz died a week after police found him unconscious in the backseat of a car parked at Linda’s Coffee Shop.

Guam – Jury selection began today for two men accused of the assault on body boarder Brian Cruz who later died from his injuries.

Jaycee White, Alfredo Castro and a third defendant who took a plea deal, Richard Ragadio were all charged in Cruz’s death.

The three defendants and Cruz were out in Tumon in October last year when surveillance footage picked up the four at a Tumon sidewalk. Police say White was seen delivering a fatal blow to Cruz’s head as Castro and Ragadio looked on.

The three defendants are accused of dumping Cruz in the backseat of a car, driving to Linda’s Café in Hagatna where they were then involved in a riot with other men. Cruz died about a week later at the hospital.

White is facing charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault while Castro is charged with kidnapping and assault. Ragadio pleaded guilty to the lesser misdemeanor charge of hindering apprehension.

Jury selection continues next Monday.

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