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Kaneohe man pleads not guilty to setting man on fire

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 p.m. HST, May 27, 2014

A 44-year-old Kaneohe man entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday to dousing another man with gasoline and setting him on fire.

Joel B. Lonzaga is charged with second-degree attempted murder of Tracy Carroll, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Second-degree attempted murder carries a life sentence.

Lonzaga was arraigned on Tuesday via a closed circuit video link from Oahu Community Correctional Center where he remains in custody unable to post bond of $200,000.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins assigned the attempted murder case to Circuit Judge Glenn Kim, and set trial for the week of July 28.

Lonzaga was arrested at his mother's Kaneohe home, where he and the 47-year-old victim had been drinking beer, neighbors said.

Police said the men argued and Lonzaga dumped the contents of a plastic gasoline can on the victim's head.

Lonzaga's mother and cousin, who also live at the home, tried to intervene, but Lonzaga set the man on fire with a lighter, police said.

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false wrote:
This would be an interesting one to be picked for jury duty. "Well judge, I'd been drinking… but only one beer… my hearings not so good. I thought the guy said he "wanted" a light… so like the witnesses all said… I tossed him my Zippo"
on May 27,2014 | 10:25AM
cojef wrote:
A regular fire-bug who happens to likes fires.
on May 27,2014 | 11:53AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Crazy surfer lady tries to run over an old lady. She gets a million dollar bail. Crazy dude lights another guy on fire. He gets a two hundred thousand dollar bail. Not saying any of the bail should be higher or lower, but shouldn't they be about the same? Or am I mistaken and the fire guys bail is two million?
on May 27,2014 | 11:20AM
KB wrote:
to minimize time and resorces, they should need to say not guilty and WHY NOT GUILTY .Time to improve the system .
on May 27,2014 | 01:28PM
Bully wrote:
It wasn't me defense.
on May 27,2014 | 01:30PM
soundofreason wrote:
Not guilty? So, is this man's claim that the other guy did it to himself? We have to grant a not guilty plea before asking a question like this?
on May 28,2014 | 07:24AM
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