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Guam - High profile attorney David Lujan has been on the stand in a land dispute trial against his neighbor, Debbie Quinata. Some surprises came out of his testimony. Lujan claims their friendship went sour after he rejected Quinata's advances.
The two were more than just good neighbors, they were good friends for at least 10 years. Attorney Lujan purchased a piece of property adjacent to Debbie Quinata's property in Umatac. The two are in a land dispute over the location of an easement within their properties.
Lujan told jurors that sometime in 2001 or 2002, Quinata insisted on cooking for Lujan. One day, Lujan alleges, Quinata set up an appointment with him at his law office. While there, Lujan claims Quinata said she "couldn't sleep at night," because she "couldn't stop thinking about him."
Lujan told the jury that he rejected her advances by telling Quinata that he was happily married and that he couldn't hurt his wife.
While Lujan gave his testimony, Quinata on the other hand as aghast as her face wrinkled with confusion. Lujan continued with his testimony saying the situation escalated after he rejected her. He says he noticed more trash was strewn in the path to his property as well as boulders and a tarp blocking access.
During the cross examination, Quinata's lawyer, Atty. Curtis Van de Veld, suggested that Lujan has no regard for historic preservation. Van de Veld revealed that Lujan has, in the past, been served with a notice of violation from the Department of Public Works for engaging in the degradation of historic sites without a permit. However, Van de Veld was not allowed to continue with that line of questioning since the July 1996 NOV was not submitted as evidence.
Lujan is suing Quinata for encroaching on his property. He has been trying to place an access road from the main road to his property which stretches across four lots, one of the lost belonging to Quinata.
But Quinata believes the easement does not belong across her yard. She says his access road should be placed directly from the main road to his property, just ast the other neighbors have done. Quinata is also seeking relief for the emotion and physical stress she says she has gone through as a result of the land dispute. She also accused Lujan of damaging her property.
The jury trial will continue on Monday, August 6 at 1 pm inside Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson's courtroom.
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