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Man accused in fatal fire made statements about involvement

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:10 p.m. HST, Apr 11, 2012

The man accused of starting a fire at a Pearl City home that killed a 97-year-old woman last month made statements about his involvement after police arrested him, Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment today charging Michael P. Dahilig, 35, with manslaughter for the March 30 death of Betty Hagihara. The indictment also charges Dahilig with arson, burglary, attempted burglary and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

Dahilig remains in custody unable to post $1 million.

Kaneshiro said there is a strong likelihood that he will personally handle Dahilig's prosecution.

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loquaciousone wrote:
on April 11,2012 | 12:52PM
onikai wrote:
Why was this scum even out and about.. Should have been incarcerated or at least electronically monitored. Perhaps, if he was monitored, GPS or electronically, this horrible tragedy may not have happenned. No one had to perish for this senseless theft.
on April 11,2012 | 12:55PM
busterb wrote:
He basically confessed when he went back the next day and exposed his tats.
on April 11,2012 | 01:00PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Looks innocent, which is why they let him go. Now letting people go has a different meaning.
on April 11,2012 | 01:42PM
Oahuan wrote:
So Kaneshiro takes the slam dunk cases? What a leader!!!
on April 11,2012 | 01:46PM
rhs763 wrote:
Is it because of the confession that Kaneshiro is handling this case? Is manslaughter suitable? Sounds like MURDER to me.
on April 11,2012 | 02:57PM
bttoma wrote:
Didn't Kaneshiro take jabs at Carlisle for personally handling cases like this?
on April 11,2012 | 03:04PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Regardless of who takes the case (Kaneshiro or a deputy), Kaneshiro shouldn't be talking about the evidence to the media. When a suspect is at large or they're trying to develop leads, that's one thing. But once the case is charged, shut up and try the case (or not!) -- in court.
on April 11,2012 | 03:51PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Mind Boggling. Why are Honolulu Residents Suprised or in this case Appalled by the "INEPTNESS" of Honolulu's Lawyer's, Law Enforcement, Politicians, and So-called State, City and County Leaders?!!!!!! This Is Old Hat. This is also a Repition of the Gross Incompetence of Honolulu's Administration. Across the Board!!! Corruption, Incompetence, Graft, Ineptness, Stupidity, and all things Terribly Bad about the State. This State, the State of Hawaii will Fail Miserably in every Aspect of everything that is Attempted as a State in the Nation. Hawaii is staying right on Schedule to become a 3rd World State.
on April 11,2012 | 05:22PM
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