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Officers ask for trials in work dispute

By Star-Advertiser staff


Four more Honolulu police officers accused of falsifying attendance reports at DUI checkpoints have asked for jury trials.

Lawyers for officers Christopher Bugarin, Patrick Bugarin, Leighton Kato and Sgt. Aaron Bernal appeared in Honolulu District Court yesterday to make the requests. None of the officers was present.

Two other officers, Michael Krekel and Sgt. Duke Zoller, have already asked for jury trials. Their trials are scheduled for next month in Circuit Court.

A seventh officer, Brian Morris, has yet to indicate his choice.

All are charged with tampering with a government record. Bernal and Zoller are charged with third-degree theft for allegedly receiving pay for duty they did not perform. All of the charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The state said the officers' actions forced it to dismiss more than 200 DUI cases.

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