Closing arguments presented in Kaipat case
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Jury deliberations are underway for Isaac Kaipat. Closing arguments were presented this morning. Defense Attorney Mike Nisperos said the evidence doesn't show that his client was responsible for Robert Blas' death. While his client admitted to slapping the victim, the defense argues that the strike did not cause the blunt force trauma that was identified during the autopsy.
Nisperos contends authorities don't know who is responsible because the investigation was not done properly. Prosecutor Clyde Lemons, however, said the evidence shows that Blas could not have been struck prior to Kaipat's slap and stressed that the blunt force trauma could have come from being struck with the butt of the hand.
Jurors spent the afternoon in deliberations as Kaipat faces charges of manslaughter, negligent homicide - should the jury decide on a lesser offense, aggravated assault and assault.