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Accused murderer a no-show in court for third time

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:50 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

Accused murderer Teddy Munet missed a scheduled Circuit Court appearance this morning, the third time he has not shown up in court.

On Feb. 20, Munet escaped from the custody of Oahu Community Corrections Center guards just before a morning Circuit Court hearing involving the 2012 murder of William Fallau. Police captured Munet nearly 12 hours later, several blocks away on Waimanu street in Kakaako.

On Thursday, Munet missed his Circuit Court arraignment on second-degree escape and second-degree robbery charges. His bail for that charge is $250,000.

Toni Schwartz, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman, said Munet was in the facility’s law library on Thursday and refused to appear for his arraignment, which was supposed to have been held via closed circuit video link.

Schwartz said the department can’t force Munet to show up for his arraignment.

She said it would be up to the judge to determine if he was in contempt of a court order.

Munet’s arraignment was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. today. 

Again, he was a no-show.

A deputy public defender at OCCC told Circuit Judge Richard Perkins via a closed circuit video link that he didn’t know if Munet was at the Kalihi facility or being transported to the court house. Munet had been given the choice to enter a plea in person at the Circuit Court room in town or via the video link.

But Schwartz maintained that her department wasn’t informed that Munet’s arraignment would be held this morning despite the fact that it was posted on the Circuit Court’s bulletin board and in front of Perkins’ chambers.

Perkins rescheduled Munet’s hearing for Thursday morning.

Munet’s murder trial is scheduled for the week of Oct. 7.

Munet was being held at the Kalihi facility before his February escape on $ 1 million bail. He is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree promotion of dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and three firearms counts.

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markat wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 11:04AM
FrankieT wrote:
You said it!
on March 18,2013 | 11:06AM
Skyler wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 03:18PM
busterb wrote:
NO JOKE! He might be hiding under one of those guard's opu. 8X?
on March 18,2013 | 11:09AM
sixthsense wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 12:53PM
markat wrote:
I can just see it now. The Department of Public Safety will spend $250,000 to hire consultants to explain to teach them how NOT to lose prisoners and detainees.
on March 18,2013 | 11:33AM
kailua000 wrote:
oh, how true!!!!!!! LOL
on March 18,2013 | 01:02PM
allie wrote:
Incredible. Dump that Sakai clown and get someone from the mainland who knows what they are doing.
on March 18,2013 | 11:37AM
grantos wrote:
haha you love axing people without understanding who they are or anything about the situation
on March 18,2013 | 12:19PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
So just what is there to understand about these officials? This is a totally inept group of officials that couldn't find a rock if they stepped on it and if you don't see it, then perhaps you might be a relative???
on March 18,2013 | 04:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
I'm kinda thinkin Allie is right on this one:)
on March 18,2013 | 04:50PM
sixthsense wrote:
Now I understand why they keep hiring those invaders!
on March 18,2013 | 12:54PM
1local wrote:
who puts up the bail money and what judge provided opportunity for bail?
on March 18,2013 | 03:31PM
hikine wrote:
I agree! The whole system is joke when one inmate can control the whole situation! He refuses to participate? Really? WHAT A JOKE!
on March 18,2013 | 09:41PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
How does an incarcerated person miss a court appearance? Obviously someone is responsible for getting him there since he cannot go on his own.Maybe prison officials couldn't find any leg shackles to insure that he did not run away again.
on March 18,2013 | 11:07AM
olos73 wrote:
Just do a video conference call. Don't they do that sometimes?
on March 18,2013 | 12:31PM
mrluke wrote:
Did you read the article? It said he refused to participate in the video link. Can't do much about that, except to hold him down and put the camera on him.
on March 18,2013 | 01:00PM
olos73 wrote:
Read the article again. "Munet was in the facility's law library on THURSDAY and refused..." A Deputy Public defender said he "didn't know if Munet was at the Kalihi facility OR BEING TRANSPORTED TO THE COURT HOUSE." This is TODAY.
on March 18,2013 | 07:38PM
obboy13 wrote:
A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety wasn’t able to say why Munet missed his last two court appearances and said someone is looking into the matter. Department of Public "Safety?" These bozos don't even know who is investigating this case. Department of Keystone Kops is more like it. Better lock your doors if you live Oahu.
on March 18,2013 | 11:07AM
allie wrote:
agree...Most have a 3rd grade degree only and are grossly overweight. Many, frankly, are not far from being criminals themselves.
on March 18,2013 | 11:39AM
BRock wrote:
You are most ungracious in your comments. It must be tough to be you with that kind of outlook on life and other people who have done things that you will probably never be qualified to do.
on March 18,2013 | 12:50PM
allie wrote:
I am just telling the truth. We need more of people like me
on March 18,2013 | 01:20PM
niceynicey wrote:
So what is the truth, allie? Are you privy to the personnel records of these people who work at the prisons? How did you get them?
on March 18,2013 | 01:32PM
8082062424 wrote:
what a matter allie missed a day of posting. got to let all that pent up anger out today.in the real world your a scared lonely person who lives in a shell . sad
on March 18,2013 | 02:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
Just take allie for the joke she is.
on March 18,2013 | 04:54PM
IAmSane wrote:
"We need more of people like me"

No. Just... no.
on March 18,2013 | 04:51PM
aomohoa wrote:
I actually agreed with you earlier, for 2 seconds.LOL! As usual your truth is always rude. You are so arrogant and with all your education you should be able to speak without being so rude all the time. Your truth is not always the truth miss know it all!
on March 18,2013 | 04:53PM
FrankieT wrote:
Hey, get Hawaii Five 0 on the case, they will get him LOL
on March 18,2013 | 11:07AM
ezridah wrote:
yeah...get Danno..he doesn't like locals...I mean local food !
on March 18,2013 | 12:09PM
Sunny wrote:
They lost him again!
on March 18,2013 | 11:17AM
sixthsense wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 12:57PM
Sully77 wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 11:23AM
allie wrote:
I said this 4 months ago and was blasted for it.
on March 18,2013 | 11:39AM
turbolink wrote:
No, you got blasted due to your standard lack of credibilty.
on March 18,2013 | 01:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
You may have gotten blasted for the way you said something not what you said.
on March 18,2013 | 04:55PM
markat wrote:
The judge should find the entire Department of Public Safety in contempt of court. Tomorrow's headline: The Department of Public Safety spends $250,000 to hire consultants to make recommendations on how to keep track of its detainees.
on March 18,2013 | 11:28AM
csihnl wrote:
UNBELIEVABLE! Maybe he's shackled to to bed. Someone really needs to look at the prison/jail administration and make some serious changes.Soooo sad
on March 18,2013 | 11:38AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Typical local yokel law enforcement and justice officials who don't know their left hand from their right!!!! ONE WONDERS ABOUT THE LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THIS PROVINCIAL STATE!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 11:43AM
sixthsense wrote:
Get lost with Danno!
on March 18,2013 | 12:58PM
false wrote:
Did they misplace this guy?
on March 18,2013 | 11:45AM
ezridah wrote:
they should look where they found him last time...if they can remember...WHAT..no report was filed ?! dat's one procedural ineptitude
on March 18,2013 | 12:11PM
McCully wrote:
How can anybody miss a court date? Just drag his butt to the courthouse!!!!!!!!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 11:53AM
808comp wrote:
This system is so messed up,heads should roll. How can a guy who is supposed to be seating in jail not show up for his court hearing.The judge needs to go after the people responsible,and they should have a hearing.
on March 18,2013 | 11:56AM
bekwell wrote:
Let him go. Let Ted Sakai take his place.
on March 18,2013 | 12:14PM
bullturd wrote:
Mr. Sakai can you find your left hand??
on March 18,2013 | 12:35PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Yeah, but it is busy combing my hair and I don't really want to tell you where my head is.
on March 18,2013 | 05:40PM
BigOpu wrote:
Call Dog! Wait, he only goes after fugitive women. At least he and his wife can speak pidgin...not. Nah, Dog is a bad idea.
on March 18,2013 | 12:46PM
sixthsense wrote:
Munet is in jail and Public Safety still can't control him?! Might as well let him out again!
on March 18,2013 | 12:52PM
allie wrote:
Oh he is planning on departing again soon hon
on March 18,2013 | 01:21PM
kailua000 wrote:
Really, I am so surprised.
on March 18,2013 | 01:02PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Toni Schwartz, Department of Public Safety spokesman, said the department can’t force Munet to show up for his arraignment. That is unbelievable. What Constitutional right is Munet or his lawyer invoking that says he does not have to show up for his arraignment, especially when he is in pre-trial confinement? Munet should be put in shackles with a very heavy ball and chain and be dragged to his arraignment, if necessary.
on March 18,2013 | 01:05PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Hold him in contempt, and put him in a cell with no privileges. Tui needs a roomate!
on March 18,2013 | 01:28PM
kamaleib wrote:
This is THE best comment on this thread. I second the motion.
on March 18,2013 | 01:44PM
false wrote:
(?) Oh no!
on March 18,2013 | 02:49PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The Department of Public Safety has yet, again, shown incompetence. And, in this case, bumbled it twice. First, in the way they handled this inmate in such a manner that he was able to escape. And that brought up the issue regarding the fitness of the staff who are in charge of protecting the community from dangerous criminals. Then their clerk did not even bother to check when this same inmate was supposed to show up in court. The clerk even blamed the court for not notifying them when such information is readily available and posted in two places. Then we have staff placing a high risk inmate with an elderly frail inmate where there was high probability that this inmate could seriously injure or kill the other. This does not speak well of the head of the Department of Public Safety nor of its supervision.
on March 18,2013 | 01:08PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Schwartz said the department can’t force Munet to show up for his arraignment. What?!?
on March 18,2013 | 01:16PM
DABLACK wrote:
Da blind leading da blind syndrome. Only in Hawaii ! Really shame boy !!
on March 18,2013 | 01:33PM
false wrote:
He was busy registering voters at the immigration office.
on March 18,2013 | 01:36PM
Ripoff wrote:
what lol
on March 18,2013 | 01:58PM
Bully wrote:
The court system is so pathetic set a trial date convict him and throw him in prison. It shouldn't take so long.
on March 18,2013 | 02:48PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You mean he escaped again??? ;-)
on March 18,2013 | 02:55PM
kaizuhboy wrote:
inmates running the asylum.
on March 18,2013 | 03:25PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Two iPhones, FaceTime, DONE in 5 minutes.
on March 18,2013 | 04:10PM
aomohoa wrote:
"Schwartz said the department can’t force Munet to show up for his arraignment." He's a criminal, why should he get a choice??What a crock of s#@t!
on March 18,2013 | 04:49PM
Waterman2 wrote:
A bunch of clowns.
on March 18,2013 | 05:37PM
sailfish1 wrote:
If he doesn't want to appear at the arraignment, just keep him locked up for the rest of his life. And, no "law library", no recreation, no nothing for him but four walls forever.
on March 18,2013 | 05:43PM
808warriorfan wrote:
What would happen if this clown escaped and that is a distinct possibility !!!!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 05:57PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Let's not be too harsh on our wonderful Ohana legal system. maybe all of them were outside at the manapua truck, then became sleepy, and took a week long nap. Lucky you live Hawaii yeah? Yeah?
on March 18,2013 | 06:09PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Schwartz said the department can’t force Munet to show up for his arraignment.">>>and why not?
on March 18,2013 | 06:21PM
soundofreason wrote:
Since Judge Perkins likes to coddle these types, have Judge Perkins taken to him.
on March 18,2013 | 06:22PM
whs1966 wrote:
The sheriff's department is responsible for his escape and now they can't get him to court. Using the UHM system of accountability, the department head should be transferred to a do-nothing job that pays big bucks.
on March 18,2013 | 06:23PM
rbzs1 wrote:
just LOCK'UM UP.....why waste time.......
on March 18,2013 | 07:48PM
steveshawaii27 wrote:
Playing the system...by the way, why is this news??
on March 18,2013 | 08:27PM
9ronboz wrote:
Teddy, looking like your typical next door neighbor. Ha
on March 18,2013 | 10:47PM
DAGR81 wrote:
What the heck!!!!!
on March 18,2013 | 11:13PM
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