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Manslaughter conviction set aside in Maili fatal beating case

By Star-Advertiser staff


The Hawaii Supreme Court set aside a man's manslaughter conviction Friday for the 2009 beating of his estranged wife's boyfriend with a 2-foot-long metal reinforcing bar.

The high court ruled that Circuit Judge Karen Ahn should have permitted the jury to consider the lesser offense of first-degree assault.

The justices sent the case back to Circuit Court for a new trial for Paul C. K. Kaeo.

Kaeo, 49, went on trial on a charge of murdering Charles Kahumoku Jr., 49, who died from head injuries in the May 8, 2009 beating in Maili.

The jury returned a verdict convicting Kaeo of the lesser manslaughter charge of recklessly killing Kahumoku. Kaeo received a prison term of between 6 2/3 years to 20 years in prison.

In the appeal, Kaeo's lawyers said the judge should have granted the defense request of allowing the jurors the option of returning a verdict on the lesser offense of first-degree assault, which carries a maximum 10-year term.

The high court agreed.

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Senior_Researcher wrote:
Karen Ahn, wrong AGAIN!
on February 28,2014 | 06:26PM
Grimbold wrote:
Leeward coast low lifers .. you name it they do it.
on March 1,2014 | 03:17AM
joseph007 wrote:
Karen Ahn is the worst judge in the state. This judgement by the supreme court goes exactly against her ruling in the Deedy case. She should be on traffic cases.
on March 1,2014 | 06:45AM
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