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Mistrial declared in Ala Moana Center murder trial

By Star Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:30 p.m. HST, Oct 03, 2013


After a little more than a day of deliberation, the jurors in the Jacob Le murder trial told a state judge this afternoon that they are deadlocked and additional deliberation will not result in a unanimous verdict.

Circuit Judge Rom Trader declared a mistrial and scheduled a hearing in two weeks to set the calender for a new trial.

Le, 27, was on trial for murder for the stabbing death of his friend Brent Keolakalani "Ola" Kanae exactly one year ago today.

A passerby found Kanae, 23, coughing up blood, in a second-floor stairwell of Ala Moana Center. 

Kanae had been stabbed three times in the chest and bled to death from his injuries.

Honolulu police said that Le, after initially denying involvement in Kanae's death, confessed to killing his best friend. 

Le's lawyer says police tricked Le into giving a false, unrecorded confession and failed to follow up on other leads. Deputy Public Defender Lee Hayakawa also told the jury in closing arguments yesterday that Le does not possess the size and strength needed to overpower and stab the larger Kanae.







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sak wrote:
One whole day of deliberations? Come on, is that a lot of time required to deliberate?
on October 3,2013 | 03:54PM
saveparadise wrote:
Even a confession is not enough to convict??
on October 3,2013 | 04:15PM
kainalu wrote:
"Le does not possess the size and strength needed to overpower and stab the larger Kanae." Who said that Kanae was expecting to get stabbed? Perhaps Le "surprised" him with a stab, at which point, it doesn't matter how "large" Kanae was.
on October 3,2013 | 04:15PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
the hard thing to overcome is that the medical examiner said the killer was right handed and the accused is left handed. It was on the news last night.
on October 3,2013 | 04:25PM
2NDC wrote:
Either the medical examiner is totally incompetent or the police got the wrong guy. Like Deedy, he's gonna walk.
on October 3,2013 | 04:45PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Dont you mean, "like Deedy he's gonna be retried"?
on October 3,2013 | 06:11PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Does anyone know the Law, as far as the number of retrials allowed? I know the law of double jeopardy in our country, in that once found innocent, a person cannot be retried.
on October 3,2013 | 06:15PM
2NDC wrote:
The second trial for Deedy will either end the same way as the first, or will end in a "not guilty" verdict. Should they choose to prosecute Le, his second trial will end like the first.
on October 3,2013 | 11:15PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There could have been another person involved, and Mr. Le is quiet on saying who it might be.
on October 3,2013 | 06:19PM
HOSSANA wrote:
What's with the Prosecutor's office...isn't this another mistrial granted in less than 2 mos. in high publicity murder cases....is the Prosecutor's office that incompetent that they can't present evidence for conviction.......maybe the Prosecutor, himself, should try the case and let's see if we get the same results....I remember when the last Prosecutor used to try high profile criminal cases etc......oh, well.......incompetence runs rampant in our govt. offices.....
on October 3,2013 | 04:24PM
zhawaii wrote:
Exactly. I won't be voting to re-elect Keith Kaneshiro. Either they are terrible at presenting these cases or they are putting the wrong man on trial. Either way, there is something wrong. In the Deede case, this case should probably have never been taken to trial in the first place. Not a strong enough case to convict of murder.
on October 3,2013 | 05:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Keith may not run for re-election.
on October 3,2013 | 06:08PM
kiragirl wrote:
Coincidentally both prosecutors are women.
on October 3,2013 | 06:27PM
st1d wrote:
le had motive, jealousy, opportunity, he was there at the murder scene, and he had the means to kill, the knife.

and he was enough of a sociopath to believe that killing kanae would prove to the girl how much he loved her. pure evil, totally capable of killing kanae, and if let loose, he will kill again.


on October 3,2013 | 04:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
He may kill again, except he would not have a motive, unless if he got into a similar situation. By denying the confession, he is trying to get away with it. Anyone can say anything, except 95% of us first of all would not get into a situation like this, and secondly, the same 95% of us would be honest and admit it, if it was bad enough to leave a mark on our sub-consicous.
on October 3,2013 | 06:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
IRT HONOLULU, LE DOES have a motive to kill again. Remember the previous article, Le was more obsessed with Cindy and "protecting" her from other suitors at the funeral.
on October 3,2013 | 09:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Obsession especially when it includes infatuation or love is the most dangerous type of obsession, except most people would not go ahead and be so furious so as to destroy another person.
on October 3,2013 | 10:20PM
SFLINEMAN wrote:
Why is st1d blogging on State of Hawaii time? He is a State of Hawaii civil servant and 4:27PM is state work time. Keoki Kerr and the StarAdvertiser should investigate his waste and fraud. Taxpayers deserve more.
on October 3,2013 | 11:14PM
2NDC wrote:
Hey, stop ratting out my boss! I get comp time for covering for him and picking up his slack. :-O
on October 3,2013 | 11:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
Seriously, the State of Hawaii Ethics office MUST investigate st1d for his waste, fraud, and corruption. Blogging on government time is just one of many indicia of this charging complaint and is clear and convincing evidence of his crime under Hawaii Revised Statutes of misdemeanor government record tampering, i.e., fraudulently claiming to work a full day but playing before the work bell rings.
on October 3,2013 | 11:50PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Thank you O' Great wize and powerful Oz for your wisdom. So we've got this1 figured out, how is the stalemate with Obamacare going to go down?
on October 3,2013 | 06:14PM
SFLINEMAN wrote:
Good grief, st1d, I didn't realize the depth of your ignorance until now. The prosecution has the burden of proof. That includes both the burden of production and the burden of persuasion. The elements that the prosecution is required to prove are the actus reus, the mens rea, and causation. Motive is not an element that the prosecution must prove. You were a horrible athlete back in the day and are even a more fumbling fool in your old age. I can't believe your poor wife has endured your abuse over all these years. She should've divorce you years ago.
on October 3,2013 | 08:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
IRT SF,now that's a personal affront to st1d. You guys must know and dislike each other. Wife? Keep it clean, guys, no low blows, even tho it's funny to read it.
on October 3,2013 | 09:06PM
SFLINEMAN wrote:
For the record, st1d's back door adventures are well known in the industry. That's why all the studs at the club love boning her.
on October 3,2013 | 09:50PM
rayhawaii wrote:
5 guys once convicted of murder and were innocent when the police had the right person who confessed later, but detectives pushed each person so hard that they turned in a friend who then turned in a friend just to get the detective off their back. Some detectives push so much you just want to say you did it.
on October 3,2013 | 07:58PM
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