by Nick Delgado
Guam - Roland San Nicolas Smith is being monitored at the Department of Mental Health after attempting to commit suicide while in the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Hagatna. Department of Corrections director J.B. Palacios says Smith was moved to the Tamuning facility after officers caught him trying to turn bedsheets into a rope to hang himself.
"Until he is proven guilty, we still need to make sure that while in our custody at DOC that he is safe not only to undergo the trial, but at the same time that the body itself is evidence of the crime," Palacios explained.
Over the next few days, the Agat man will be monitored and undergo an assessment by DepCor's psychologist. Palacios says depending on the results of the evaluation, Smith may return to the detention facility where he will await trial. The 40-year-old is being held on a half-million dollars cash bail for the murder of his common-law wife, Amanda Tedtaotao Cruz.
Smith faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.