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Fauatea found guilty in murder of Waianae schoolteacher

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:19 p.m. HST, Mar 21, 2013

A state judge found a man with a long history of mental illness guilty this morning of murder in the Feb. 27, 2009 stabbing death of popular Waianae High School teacher Asa Yamashita.

Tittleman Fauatea, 29, faces a mandatory life prison term with the possibility of release on parole at sentencing in June.

In finding Fauatea guilty, Circuit Judge Rom Trader rejected his insanity defense. Trader said even though all of the mental health experts who examined Fauatea agree that Fauatea experienced a psychotic episode on the day he stabbed Yamashita at the Ewa Town Center, he did not prove that he was impaired to the point that he couldn’t discern right from wrong and conform his actions to the law.

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allie wrote:
Hurray for this judge for showing some good sense. Everybody has some mental impairment but few have no control over their actions or do not understand right from wrong.
on March 21,2013 | 12:13PM
foursun wrote:
agree these local people on the west side live and act like animals. Time to treat them like animals to give them incentive to live and behave as if they were intelligent folks
on March 21,2013 | 02:44PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on March 21,2013 | 05:25PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Grimbold was removed at birth and grew up with a bigoted family.
on March 21,2013 | 06:23PM
ToopMinaki wrote:
hanalei - no Grimbold's pea brain is rotted from spending endless hours in front of a computer playing fantasy games.
on March 21,2013 | 07:12PM
SteveToo wrote:
foursun and Grimbold, you two should leave the island. If my memory is correct she was killed in Ewa Beach not Wai`anae. Either way you still have know idea of life on the West Side. Been here 50 years and would not live anywhere else in the WORLD.
on March 21,2013 | 09:33PM
Waipahu_Bob wrote:
What you talking about man....."local people on the west side live like animals. Time to treat them like animals..." Lots of good folks out here. Aloha brother, time to calm your mind. Be for the peace.
on March 21,2013 | 05:39PM
stogie002 wrote:
Wow foursun, that's a pretty prejudiced, immature and uneducated comment. Not all of us here on the west side act like animals. Your comment is self-righteous and insensitive. The fact of the matter is that the west side has A LOT of decent, hard working people. Just a few bad apples don't spoil the whole bunch. Tell me your neighborhood doesn't have criminals. Kind of makes me wonder what kind of animal you are!?!
on March 21,2013 | 05:47PM
ToopMinaki wrote:
allie "EVERYONE HAS SOME MENTAL IMPAIRMENT"? Maybe all of us do not reach our potential but that is not "impairment"...No, not everyone, it's just YOU that HAS ALOT OF MENTAL IMPAIRMENT as your history in these forums is proof of. But yes, the judge did show good sense.
on March 21,2013 | 03:37PM
Waipahu_Bob wrote:
What you talking about man....."local people on the west side live like animals. Time to treat them like animals..." Lots of good folks out here. Aloha brother, time to calm your mind. Be for the peace.
on March 21,2013 | 05:37PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Whoa......no Aloha for a bigot.
on March 21,2013 | 06:29PM
ToopMinaki wrote:
which bigot? foursun or allie? You know they're the same person, right?
on March 21,2013 | 07:16PM
Chris458 wrote:
Right on brother, Aloha!
on March 21,2013 | 07:20PM
gsc wrote:
I hope this FREAK rotts in jail !!!
on March 21,2013 | 12:42PM
katana77 wrote:
I hope it's a SLOW rot......
on March 21,2013 | 05:18PM
hikine wrote:
Intentionally buying a knife and stabbing someone is a planned idea. Mental Health 'experts' can be conned.
on March 21,2013 | 12:47PM
Pocho wrote:
that's what I was thinking, he bought the knife. What fer? and then use it on a human being! He don't belong on the streets no more
on March 21,2013 | 02:13PM
kuewa wrote:
Fauatea was arrested shortly after the murder....and it too FOUR YEARS to find him guilty. Inexcusable inefficiency. Yes, I know the courts are understaffed, but priority should be given to cases such as this one instead of making the victim's family and friends wait so long to reach some closure.
on March 21,2013 | 01:39PM
onwardupward wrote:
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on March 21,2013 | 02:01PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks for your post, onward. Much appreciated.
on March 21,2013 | 04:04PM
sailfish1 wrote:
onward - What you say may be somewhat true but 4 years is waaaaaaay tooooooo looooong!! This case was not complicated at all. Nobody needs "factual" evidence to know that 4 years is ridiculous.
on March 21,2013 | 07:47PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
yes, and we need the death penalty.
on March 21,2013 | 07:54PM
konakeoni99 wrote:
thank you Jesus
on March 21,2013 | 01:48PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Note to parents: be careful when you choose a name your child. No, seriously.
on March 21,2013 | 02:09PM
"POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE"? I don't like that, it should say "NO POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE". I can't see a person going on parole and killiing another person and claim insanity again....NUTS!
on March 21,2013 | 02:25PM
gari wrote:
What are our options if they find him insane/.. ...Lock up at home ,lock up Kanaohe ,l ockup prision ,any other situations ?I f the public knew if it is limited to 3 places "finite places ," ,then maybe we will not get as frustrated.
on March 21,2013 | 03:10PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
So the over paid legislature is opting for mental checks on anyone bringing a gun into the state - why are they not concerned about doing the same for knives?
on March 21,2013 | 03:21PM
soundofreason wrote:
Thank God Judge Perkins was anywhere around on this case!!
on March 21,2013 | 06:43PM
ejkorvette wrote:
He'll be out in less than 10yrs. He will escape at least 2 times. He will be granted several furloughs attend E.K. Fernandez events, eat plate lunch, eat manapua, and buy a new surf board. The victim's family will not get a penny from the State. No decent considerations of any type of compensation, because that all goes to the Corrupt Monkeys in the various government ofices in Honolulu.
on March 21,2013 | 08:59PM
SteveToo wrote:
Asa Yamashita, a literacy coordinator at Wai’anae High School, was stabbed at 1:30 p.m. on Friday while sitting on a bench at the crowded Ewa Town Center.
on March 21,2013 | 09:38PM
SteveToo wrote:
Why won't they let me post that she was killed in Ewa and not on the West Side?
on March 21,2013 | 09:39PM
Shotzy wrote:
Good call Judge, I for one am sick and tired of so called "Insane" folks who use this loophole in our justice system to get away with up to and including murder. He knows right from wrong and I'm sure will be exposed to 'right>wrong situations for many,many years to come in the hoos-gow. I pray he finds the peace and forgiveness of a loving god of his choosing.
on March 22,2013 | 07:21AM
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