A 26-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of a 39-year-old Kalihi woman.
Jhun Ley Irorita appeared at his arraignment before Judge James McWhinnie at Circuit Court today via closed-circuit video link from the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
An Oahu grand jury indicted him Tuesday for second-degree murder in Helen Prestosa’s death. Deputy public defender Craig Nagamine pleaded not guilty on behalf of Irorita who was in a wheelchair with his arms bandaged. It’s unclear at this time how he sustained his injuries.
McWhinnie set his trial for the week of May 29 and confirmed his bail at $500,000.
Prestosa was reported missing in November 2015 after she failed to show up for work as a manager at the Jack in the Box restaurant in Kalihi. Five months later, Prestosa’s remains were found at Tantalus by volunteers who were picking up trash in the area.
Irorita has been in custody since January 2016 following his arrest for violation of a protective order. He pleaded guilty to harassment in June and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Irorita has a criminal record that includes violation of a protective order, theft, criminal property damage and criminal contempt of court.