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Man charged in fatal stabbing appears in court

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:59 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2011

A witness identified a 21-year-old Honolulu man as the person who stabbed TJ "Tipuk" Mori at Mayor Wright Homes following an argument in Kalihi on Saturday, according to a police affidavit filed in Honolulu District Court.

Takson Krstoth appeared today in District Court. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on a second-degree murder charge at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Krstoth requested a Chuukese translator for his hearing. He was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The affidavit said the witness identified Krstoth at Lakimela Lane, two blocks from the state housing project, where he was arrested.

A police report said an officer was dispatched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 605 N. Vineyard Blvd. to investigate reports of an argument. 

Mori was stabbed from behind near a garbage bin at the state housing project, his fiancee said. Police said Mori died at Queen's Medical Center just after 10 p.m.

The police have not said what started the argument between the two men, who are both from Chuuk. Eriko Rekis, Mori's fiancee, said she didn't know why the men were arguing.

Mori had worked as a server on Star of Honolulu cruise ship.


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