by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Just a day before they were scheduled to go to trial for a second time for a single assault charge, the Office of the Attorney General made a motion to dismiss the case against four police officers without prejudice. Officers Joseph Duenas, Joaquin Castro, Reynald Alcantara, and James Quenga faces a single assault charge as a lesser offense, as a jury of their peers late last year was unable to reach a verdict on that specific charge.
The officers were acquitted, along with several others, in an alleged police brutality case. Defense attorneys have been arguing that the government did not have a case against their clients as the indictment does not spell out the lesser included assault charge.
Today Superior Court Judge Vern Perez dismissed the case at the request for the prosecution, bringing closure for the officers who have all since returned to work.