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Charges against HPD officers dismissed

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 7:25 p.m. HST, May 23, 2011


A state judge dismissed all charges this afternoon against the four remaining Honolulu police officers accused of falsifying reports to qualify for overtime.

Sgts. Duke Zoller and Aaron M. Bernal and officers Christopher and Patrick Bugarin were scheduled to stand trial later this week for tampering with a government record, theft and accomplice to theft.

However, Circuit Judge Edward H. Kubo, Jr. dismissed the charges because the state took too long to bring the cases to trial. He will decide next week whether or not the state can refile the charges.

Two other police officers went to trial earlier this month and were found not guilty. 

A seventh officer pleaded guilty in March and is awaiting sentencing.

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