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Waikiki manslaughter suspect pleads not guilty


A Waianae man accused of causing the death of a grandmother after a purse-snatching in front of her Waikiki condominium pleaded not guilty Thursday in Circuit Court.

Josiah Figueroa, 24, entered his plea by video from Oahu Community Correctional Center. Judge Richard Perkins confirmed his bail at $500,000 and set his trial week for May 27.

Figueroa is accused of pushing Jullie Stephenson, 52, and taking her purse on Ala Moana Boulevard on Feb. 2. Stephenson fell down in the attack and sustained a broken hip and internal bleeding. She was in a coma for three weeks and died Feb. 26.

Police identified Figueroa as a suspect after he was spotted following Stephenson on surveillance video at a Waikiki store, according to a court document.

He was arrested at his Paakea Road home on March 17 and was later indicted for manslaughter and second-degree robbery.

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