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Flight attendant death is now a homicide case

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THE death of a 55-year-old United Airlines flight attendant inside her apartment in Tamuning is now being treated as a homicide.

According to the Guam Police Department, Shelly June Bernstein was a victim of a foul play. However, GPD did not provide any further details on the cause of her death.

Officer AJ Balajadia, GPD spokesman, said the detectives believe that Bernstein died at the hands of another person or persons.

Dr. Aurelio Espinola, Guam Chief Medical Examiner, yesterday completed the autopsy but his findings cannot be released because GPD is still conducting its investigation.

Bernstein was found dead at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday inside her room at the ground floor unit of Oceanside Apartments in Tamuning.

The flight attendant of United Airlines, who was reportedly on medical leave, was discovered lifeless. She suffered injury to the head but it was unknown whether she was shot with a gun or was stabbed.

More information about the progress of the investigation is not available yet but police are encouraging the public to contact the GPD for any information that can help the homicide investigation.

Court case

In 2008, Bernstein figured in a civil case when one Rafael L. Lujan sought damages against her for fraud, undue influence, breach of contract, quiet title and ejectment.

Bernstein also filed a counterclaim, fraud, slander and nuisance case, representing herself in the case.

The case dragged on for years because of the inability to contact the defendant, the failure of Bernstein to submit court documents, and her failure to attend the hearing.

In a March 2011 court decision made by Judge Arthur Barcinas, the court denied plaintiff’s motion for default judgment against Bernstein and dismissed the defendant’s counterclaim.

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