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Lefthandedness could implicate robber

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It was back in December two men allegedly robbed a Days Inn employee, stole his car, and opened fire at police in a high speed chase through Tamuning.

Once the two suspects came to a stop, they fled on foot prompting closure of parts of the central village and leaving dozens of law enforcement on a manhunt. But did police catch the wrong man?

While Irvin White III confessed to the crime, the second suspect, Tommy Afaisen, stands trial.

Did being left-handed result in Afaisen to be caught red-handed? Prosecution thinks so.

In closing arguments today, prosecutor Joe McDonald reminded jurors that the gunman caught on Days Inn surveillance footage was in fact left-handed, this from the hand in which he held the gun and the hand that the gunman grabbed the door.

In addition, prosecution alleges that being left-handed would've come to Afaisen's advantage sitting in the passenger seat of the stolen car as he fired at police in the 90 MPH chase through Tamuning. According to testimony from co-defendant Irvin White, White was the getaway driver while Afaisen was the passenger and shooter.

The accuracy of the shooter was evident as police testimony states the gunshots came as close as two-feet to their patrol car as they could hear "pop" and "whizzing" sounds.

But according to defense attorney Eric Miller, there's not enough evidence to convict Afaisen - that Afaisen was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Defense proposes that Afaisen was homeless and sleeping in the abandoned Tamuning home when it was raided by police.

Defense also questioned the credibility of white, a man with an extensive criminal history who on the day of the robbery was under the influence of $100 worth of crystal methamphetamine.

As outlined by defense, white has plenty to gain in his global plea deal with the government.

Because he's testified against Afaisen, his alleged co-defendant, white would only serve 7.5 years behind bars verses 30 years if he didn't testify.

And with no fingerprints, no gun residue, no evidence found on Afaisen's person at the time of arrest, and most of all, no confession from Afaisen, defense requested that the jury find him not guilty of all charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and terrorizing.

Afaisen's fate now rests with the jury as they began deliberations Thursday afternoon.
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