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Opening statements presented for '94 murder

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Both parties presented opening statements in the retrial of a 1994 murder case. Mark Bamba Angoco was convicted of murdering Darwin Datuin nearly two decades ago, but the conviction was reversed by the Guam Supreme Court due to ineffective counsel during that trial. He is now facing a single charge of aggravated murder as a 1st degree felony.

Prosecutor Gerald Henderson told jurors there is no hiding the truth in this case, and that witnesses will testify that Angoco planned and recruited others to rob and kill Datuin. "Darwin had been shot in the head. You will hear that Mark Angoco moved the body to the bed of the truck and got a 15-year-old relative to help him drive the truck to a dirt road into the jungle and take the body into the jungle and dump it," he said.

Datuin's body was found eight days later badly decomposed in Radio, Barrigada. The defense attempted to have the charges thrown out alleging double jeopardy. Defense attorney David Lujan said, "The government must prove Mr. Angoco caused the death of Mr. Datuin and the evidence will show that there is only one cause of death and that is as Mr. Henderson concedes it was a bullet wound coming from a .38 caliber, one bullet that entered from the left of the skull towards the right."

Trial continues tomorrow in the Superior Court of Guam before Associate Justice Katherine Maraman.

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