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Kaimuki grad pleads not guilty in murder of local man in LA


LAST UPDATED: 03:06 p.m. HST, Jun 05, 2012


The 29-year-old Kaimuki High school graduate accused of stabbing and killing a fellow Kaimuki graduate in Los Angeles last month has entered a plea of not guilty. 

 Richard Gilla Herrera was arraigned and pled not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday for the murder of Bobby Khamvongsa, 27. His next court date will be July 9 in the same Los Angeles court.

Herrera's bail has been set for $1 million. If convicted, Herrera faces a possible life term.

Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident about 1:30 a.m. May 19 and found Khamvongsa lying in the street in Wilshire District of Los Angeles with several stab wounds, according to a Los Angeles Police Department.  

Paramedics were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's records show he suffered stab wounds to the chest and back.

During the investigation, detectives learned Khamvongsa got into an argument with a man, which apparently led to the stabbing.

Both men lived in Los Angeles.


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I don't know the circumstances, but "He is innocent until proven guilty."
on June 5,2012 | 07:28PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
No disrespect to the writer but why do we have to call the suspect "Kaimuki" grad when Honolulu or former Honolulu resident would have sufficed? We don't see "Punahou" grad whenever we see murders or manslaughter. It does great disservice to Kaimuki High School. I'm sure each school has their bad apples. Some more than others. But even Punahou has theirs.
on June 5,2012 | 11:46PM
cojef wrote:
True, it appears as though class warfare is being waged, or writer feels less secure unless one graduate from a prestiges high school. Only in Hawaii!
on June 6,2012 | 07:13AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yeah, they're only taking a page out of the playbook of a certain sitting U.S. "president" who graduated from Punahou...As you say, "Only in Hawaii"!
on June 6,2012 | 02:58PM
sparkyzane wrote:
I think it's used not as class warfare, whatever that is, but as a strange coincidence that two Kaimuki graduates met up randomly on a street in LA and only one walks away.
on June 6,2012 | 04:09PM
RCHamakua wrote:
Cannot find one word about why "Kaimuki" grad was important in the story. The two "former Hawaii residents" were from the same high school would have been more appropriate, but this constant bashing of public schools has got to stop and the Star Advertiser can do its part by training its reporters to report the news and not create it. I have to wonder if these were two Punahou kids or Iolani kids if their high schools of over ten years previously would have been mentioned IN THE HEADLINES!!!!! Probably not. Sad commentary on ourselves and our perceptions, and even poorer comment on our ONE newspaper.
on June 6,2012 | 08:27AM
Tarakian wrote:
Good question on the writer's use of Kaimuki Grad in the article. However, I don't think it was the writer's intent to bash Kaimuki High School, but to connect the suspect and the victim that they may have known each other previous to the incident. Thanks to this connection to the "same" high school, I am thinking that the two may have had some "drama" between them, which it then escalated to someone needlessly dying, which led to the drama of living in Los Angeles. Oops, I just "bashed" LA.
on June 6,2012 | 02:44PM
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