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New trial ordered in 2009 Honolulu murder

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:25 p.m. HST, Jan 15, 2014

The Hawaii Supreme Court is ordering a new trial for a man convicted of a 2009 murder because jurors weren't allowed to hear testimony that the shooting victim had cocaine in his system.

Phillip DeLeon was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Shawn Powell, who was shot after an altercation at a Honolulu nightclub.

The ruling issued Wednesday says it was wrong to exclude expert testimony about cocaine in Powell's blood.

A spokesman for the Honolulu prosecuting attorney's office declined comment.

Former deputy prosecutor Megan Kau tried the case. She says the decision is shocking because the expert couldn't testify to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty.

She says it was tough to get witnesses to testify, which will make it difficult to try the case again.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
From the website for The Associated Press: "The AP is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by the 1,400 U.S. daily newspapers that are AP members. These members elect a board of directors that directs the cooperative." I always wondered how The AP seems to be more into the relevant news than our own HSA, in our own backyard.
on January 15,2014 | 05:15PM
RichardCory wrote:
"I always wondered how The AP seems to be more into the relevant news than our own HSA, in our own backyard."

Jennifer Kelleher lives in Honolulu...
on January 15,2014 | 07:25PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
As opposed to the HSA staff, which only works at The Waterfront Plaza.
on January 15,2014 | 07:57PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Just another young punk. Let him free and let the vitins family end his insanity!
on January 15,2014 | 07:57PM
AhiPoke wrote:
IF what Ms. Mau says is true, I wonder why she didn't allow that witness to testify.
on January 15,2014 | 09:21PM
LMO wrote:
So, haingcoke in hi system made it okay to shoot him?
on January 16,2014 | 01:48AM
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