by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Standing with the help of crutches in a khaki Department of Youth Affairs uniform, 16-year-old Jerrett Taisipic Muna appeared in court via videoconference this afternoon for a magistrate hearing. Muna is being charged as an adult on felony aggravated assault charges and possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Muna is accused of striking Raymond Peredo with a 2-x-4 in the back of the head when Peredo was trapped under a four wheel all-terrain vehicle that had overturned as he was attempting to leave a riot in Yona last Saturday. Peredo remains on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit at Naval Hospital in Agana Heights.
At the request of Assistant Attorney General Mikaela Silkey, bail was set at a half-million dollars cash bail. "He is a danger to the community and specifically to the victim Raymond Peredo," Silkey described. "The charges in this case are very serious. He's charged with two separate incidents of aggravated assault and one with a deadly weapon...the victim has a left skull fracture, multiple left side broken ribs and brain injuries and he's currently on a ventilator and is listed in serious condition."
A total of seven people were arrested in connection with the disturbance. The teen, who will remain behind bars at DYA, was appointed an attorney and was ordered to appear back in court for a preliminary examination on March 11. Muna was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and his family.