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Three of four bank robbery defendants acquitted

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - It appears cold feet cost the government their case in the Bank of Guam jury trial today as three of the four defendants were acquitted of all charges after the government's star witness refused to testify against his co-defendants.

Jathan Tedtaotao and Ricky Mcintosh Jr. allegedly entered the Yigo Bank of Guam armed with a handgun stealing an estimated $11,000 from teller drawers while Vincent Santos was the accused getaway driver and Antonio Quitugua was the accused lookout before the robbery occurred.

This information was provided by Tedtaotao who entered a plea agreement with the government last week on the condition he testify against his codefendants. In exchange, he would receive a nine year sentence.

As Tedtaotao took the stand this afternoon however, he told the court he would not testify against his codefendants today or in days to come.

As we reported on Tuesday, Tedtaotao was "concerned about the media and reluctant to testify." Prosecution opted to try again today with no success. We should note, media cameras and cellphones were confiscated to appease Tedtaotao but still no success.

Without Tedtaotao's testimony, defense attorneys Sam Teker, Leevin Camacho, and Edward Han all filed motions for acquittal. The court granted their motions on the basis that no evidence presented by the government could support any of the charges.

As we've been reporting, the only evidence found was a single unexpended bullet retrieved behind the bank as well as a license plate found in the nearby jungle area where the robbers supposedly met after the crime. But as defense pointed out yesterday, no fingerprints were found on the bullet and the license plate didn't match that of any of the suspects.

Teker, who represents Mcintosh admits that this is not how he had hoped to win the case. "We are pleased. No one likes to win like that without going to the jury. I think we all would like it to go to jury. But Ricky professed his innocence the whole time. He kept telling me he was innocent so we are extremely pleased that the judge dismissed the case and granted our motion for judgment of acquittal," he said.

Prosecutor Brian Gallagher reacted by saying, "Obviously we're very surprised and disappointed at how things came out. We're not sure how things transpired. Apparently something did and he chose to withdraw from his cooperation agreement. So we will now proceed with all of our options with regard to Mr. Tedtaotao as if his cooperation agreement never existed."

Teker does note that although his client will be released, theoretically, the only way the defendants could be tried again for robbery charges is if the federal government steps in.
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