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Kaimuki grad pleads not guilty in murder of local man in LA

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<strong>Bobby Khamvongsa:</strong>


The 29-year-old Kaimuki High school graduate accused of stabbing and killing a fellow Kaimuki graduate in Los Angeles last month has entered a plea of not guilty. 

 Richard Gilla Herrera was arraigned and pled not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday for the murder of Bobby Khamvongsa, 27. His next court date will be July 9 in the same Los Angeles court.

Herrera’s bail has been set for $1 million. If convicted, Herrera faces a possible life term.

Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident about 1:30 a.m. May 19 and found Khamvongsa lying in the street in Wilshire District of Los Angeles with several stab wounds, according to a Los Angeles Police Department.  

Paramedics were called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner’s records show he suffered stab wounds to the chest and back.

During the investigation, detectives learned Khamvongsa got into an argument with a man, which apparently led to the stabbing.

Both men lived in Los Angeles.



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