Man charged with common-law wife's murder
by Nick Delgado
Guam - In the Superior Court of Guam between 2005 and 2009 there were over 2,200 cases of family violence alone. When you include offenses of abuse, criminal sexual conduct and stalking, the total number of cases involving victims of abuse amounted to 3,655.
As Guam this month commemorates the victims of family violence and those who have died at the hands of a loved one, another report has surfaced of a victim who has died from domestic abuse.
Roland San Nicolas Smith remains behind bars on a half-million dollars cash bail for the murder of his common-law wife. Smith admitted to police that he confronted Amanda Marie Tedtaotao on Sunday afternoon and became angry, striking her with a metal pipe.
According to court documents, the couple's 11-year-old son was at home when the incident happened and sought help after seeing his mother bleeding profusely and hearing Smith yelling. Before she was taken to the hospital, Tedtaotao said she told Smith she wanted to go home, at which point he beat her up.
The 43-year-old woman had two broken bones in her right hand, a broken bone in her forearm and blunt force trauma to the back of her head. Officers recovered a metal pipe in the bedroom and also confiscated a knife that Smith had used to try to cut his wrists and throat.
Smith faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Now, this isn't the first time that Smith has had a run-in with the law. According to court records, he's faced numerous charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct between 1986 and 2004. There were also two civil cases involving restraining orders being sought against him.
In 1999 there was a complaint for a permanent injunction and restraining order that states the victim was physically assaulted while Smith was drunk, causing her to have a bloody nose and black eye. In 2006 Tedtaotao (then known as Amanda Marie T. Cruz), filed for a temporary restraining order against Smith. Court documents cite that Smith would allegedly mentally and verbally abuse her two boys, as well as accuse her of cheating on him.
Documents state that he would put her down by calling her names - threatening to kill her and even during one occasion even took a standing fan and threw it at her twice causing her to bleed profusely. While in another incident the documents state that Smith kicked her stomach on an area that she had been cut.
A temporary restraining order was granted, resulting in Cruz moving into the Alee Shelter, but according to officials there it was only for a short time before she moved back out.
Smith in the meantime is scheduled to appear in the Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on October 21.