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ATTY. Randy Cunliffe, who represents one of the three suspects alleged to have nearly beaten 18-year-old Cameron Masnayon to death, has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against his client, saying evidence proves his client “never touched” Masnayon.
Cunliffe’s client, William San Nicolas Jr., and two others – Daniel Rosal and Michael Rosal Jr. – were indicted on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with Masnayon’s March 18 beating.
According to court documents, the two Rosals assaulted Masnayon with a baseball bat while San Nicolas held Masnayon’s friend, Christian Lastimoza, at knifepoint.
But Cunliffe said it was Masnayon who initiated the fight. He said Masnayon called out the three defendants to a fight at Vons Chicken restaurant in Harmon.
“My client tussled with the other guy; he never came anywhere near Masnayon,” Cunliffe said.
The bat Michael Rosal allegedly used to hit Masnayon in the head “more than three times” actually belonged to Masnayon, Cunliffe alleged.
“Christian Lastimoza said Masnayon asked him to go to Vons Chicken and help him fight these guys and gave him a baseball bat. They each had baseball bats. When the car drove up, they smashed the window of the car as they drove up,” Cunliffe said.
“Clearly, from what everybody said, Masnayon attacked Mike Rosal with a baseball bat and hit him a number of times before Rosal was able to take him down and get the bat away from him,” Cunliffe added.
Meanwhile, Joshua Tenorio, Judiciary of Guam spokesperson, said prosecutors have until May 11 to file any opposition to the motion. The case has been scheduled to be heard at Judge Arthur Barcinas’ court room on May 14 at 2 p.m.
The brawl left Masnayon in a coma for days. He has since woken up and has undergone numerous surgeries to his face and brain. He was medevaced to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu a week after the incident, but is now reportedly in California for rehabilitative therapy.
To help with his therapy, community organizers recently held the Cam-Run 5K Fundraiser in his honor. Cam-Run 5K spokesperson Heidi Ballendorf said with the help of the community, the event raised $14,000 and drew 485 finishers.
“We are overjoyed and stunned by the community participation,” said Bob Camacho, Masnayon’s uncle. “Our goal was to raise $10,000 on this event, and to exceed it shows the overwhelming support our family feels for Cameron and his parents as they journey into recovery.”