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Jury returns guilty verdict in death of HPD officer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:20 p.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

A state jury returned guilty verdicts this afternoon in the trial of a 22-year-old man charged with killing one Honolulu police officer at a traffic stop two years ago and injuring another.

The jury found James Dorsey, 22, guilty of misdemeanor negligent homicide in the Sept. 13, 2011 death of officer Eric Fontes and guilty of felony negligent injury of officer Herman "Sam" Scanlan.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim did not schedule a sentencing date because of the inconsistent findings in the two verdicts for the same act. One verdict requires a finding of simple negligence while the other requires a finding to a higher standard of negligence. He scheduled a hearing in two weeks for the lawyers to argue whether Dorsey should face sentencing for a felony or misdemeanor.

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Nalukai wrote:
10 years....and no key !
on October 21,2013 | 05:12PM
kiragirl wrote:
Death is a misdemeanor and injury is a felony. Don't understand.
on October 21,2013 | 06:48PM
lokela wrote:
Buddah it could have happened to anyone else unfortunately it was your time. Now you have to do the time. Come out a better person.
on October 21,2013 | 07:16PM
atilter wrote:
dorsey is lucky to live in the usa - innocent until proven guilty!. if he were anywhere else in the world, he might not be too healthy right now. given the empirics of the situation, a sensible and logical person might be hard-pressed to argue innocence.
on October 21,2013 | 07:23PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Kinda fast trial!
on October 21,2013 | 08:20PM
yoboseo wrote:
Shouldn't the instructions by judge before the jury deliberated ensure that there would be no conflict?
on October 21,2013 | 09:34PM
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