POSTED: 8:58 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 9:21 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013
A 34-year-old Hilo man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend and her mother pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hilo District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Darien Nagata said.
Sean Matsumoto was charged with one count of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole, two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in a separate felony. He also faces a reckless endangering charge for allegedly putting a minor in danger of death, police said.
Rhonda Ahu, 45, Matsumoto’s girlfriend, and her mother Elaine Ahu, 74, were killed Monday night at their Hilo home while two children were in the home.
The judge denied bail for Matsumoto. His preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in district court.