by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Roland San Nicolas Smith remains behind bars on a half-million dollars cash bail for the murder of his common-law wife. Smith admitted to police that he confronted Amanda Marie Tedtaotao on Sunday afternoon and became angry, striking her with a metal pipe.
According to court documents, the couple's 11-year-old son was at home when the incident happened and sought help after seeing his mother bleeding profusely and hearing Smith yelling. Before she was taken to the hospital, Tedtaotao said she told Smith she wanted to go home, at which point he beat her up.
The 43-year-old woman had two broken bones in her right hand, a broken bone in her forearm and blunt force trauma to the back of her head. Officers recovered a metal pipe in the bedroom and also confiscated a knife that Smith had used to try to cut his wrists and throat.
Smith faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 21.