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Victim unable to recall night of robbery and beating

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A Navy surgeon, the victim of a brutal beating and robbery and her husband were among those called to the stand today in the trial of Raymond Tedtaotao. The testimony provided more insight into what happened back in April that subsequently led to the arrest of Tedtaotao and two others.

When the female victim in a brutal beating and robbery was brought into Naval Hospital back this past spring, medical professionals had serious concerns that she would not make it.  Navy surgeon Dr. Rob Benfield testified that a large pool of blood in the center of the brain that showed up on a CT scan was indicative of just how much force had been applied to her face and head.

Benfield said the woman was unable to communicate and had to be placed in a chemically induced coma to decrease her agitation and lessen the pressure in her brain.

The surgeon said the fact that the victim was an active, endurance athlete contributed to her survival.

Once an avid ultra-marathon runner, the victim now limps as she walks and undergoes six hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy everyday in San Diego, California. She still has no movement in her right arm and is hoping she will be able to run again one day.

While she doesn't remember the robbery or the beating, the victim said she remembers waking up in the hospital and being unable to speak coherently or move the right side of her body.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Gallagher showed her several photo lineups. She recognized the photos but didn't remember if she pointed anyone out but that she remembers the feeling when she saw the photos.  The exhibit she was shown had scribbling next to two of the photos but she couldn't remember if she had made those markings.

Her husband, Samuel, testified about that horrific night.  Samuel works for the Navy and had gotten off early and went to workout.  He returned home to find his roommates who had discovered his wife badly beaten and robbed.  He choked up with emotion as he said he wasn't sure his wife would make it, as she was bedridden for months. Samuel now spends much of his time taking his wife to her medical appointments and therapy and has had to undergo special training in order to learn how to best care for his wife.

While the government has charged Tedtaotao with attempted murder and robbery, cross-examination of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Christopher Genera sought to discredit that claim and instead point to co-defendant Anthony Mendiola.  Defense Attorney Sam Teker asked Special Agent Genera if he was aware that Mendiola and two others admitted to going up to the same home on Oceanview Drive that same night. Genera only said he wasn't made aware of any specifics.

The defense claims that Tedtaotao had no involvement in the beating or robbery and believes police had information that a woman may have been involved with Mendiola and two others.

With Monday being a holiday and the court having a full schedule of hearings on Tuesday, Tedtaotao's trial will resume on Wednesday morning.

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