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Kauai man guilty of murder in death of robbery witness

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:07 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2013


A Kauai jury found a 26-year-old Anahola man guilty Friday of murder for shooting a man six times in 2010 to prevent him from testifying in an armed robbery case.

According to the Kauai County prosecutor’s office, the jury deliberated two days before finding Vicente K. Hilario guilty of first-degree murder, intimidating a witness, retaliation against a witness and bribery in the death of Aureo Arick Moore, 34, in December 2010.

The shooting took place near Anahola Beach Park, and prosecutors said Hilario was trying to prevent Moore from testifying against Hilario’s friend, Kyle Akau, involving an armed robbery that occurred at the Kapaa Safeway parking lot four months earlier.

Hilario faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. His sentencing is scheduled for June 13 in Kauai Circuit Court.






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