by Mindy Aguon
Guam - For a second time, Anthony Chargualaf Flores' fate rests in the hands of a jury of his peers. Deliberations began this afternoon during closing arguments chief prosecutor Basil O'Mallan told jurors that Sherri Lea Taylor's internal bleeding was a "long, slow painful way to die and it all started with the beating by the defendant".
Flores is charged with Taylor's murder. She was found beaten in her room at the Hamilton Hotel in November of 1999 but died several days later at Naval Hospital. The prosecution told jurors that Taylor was "savagely beaten" and argued the defense's theory that she died of hepatitis of the liver failed miserably. Defense Attorney Randy Cunliffe however asked jurors to render a verdict of not guilty saying the prosecution "made things up" and didn't provide any evidence that his client beat Flores or was responsible for her death.
Cunliffe said there were no fingerprints, no DNA, no hair, no blood to link Flores to the assault. Cunliffe encouraged jurors to look at the evidence that shows seven doctors disagreed on how she died. Six said she died from natural causes related to a bad liver and one said she died from homicide.
Jury deliberations continue on Thursday.