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Defendant in freeway shooting case won’t take witness stand

  • Toby Stangel sits in court during opening statements in his trial at Circuit Court in Honolulu. (Craig T. Kojima/ckojima@staradvertiser.com)

    Toby Stangel sits in court during opening statements in his trial at Circuit Court in Honolulu. (Craig T. Kojima/ckojima@staradvertiser.com)

Toby Stangel, accused of a freeway shooting spree that killed a woman and wounded two others, will not take the witness stand in his own defense.

At the close of the state’s case against him this afternoon, Stangel told state Circuit Judge Glenn Kim that he will not testify. He also chose not to present to the jurors any other witnesses in his defense.

Stangel, 30, is facing a possible prison term of life without parole for allegedly shooting at two police officers and life with parole for allegedly shooting at five motorists on Waialae Avenue and the H-1 freeway, killing one of them and wounding two, during a 17-minute crime spree on June 3, 2012. He is on trial for second-degree murder, first- and second-degree attempted murder, firearm charges and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The jurors will hear closing arguments Tuesday afternoon.

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