A state jury found a man accused of shooting his friend in a park not guilty of his murder Thursday.
Teddy Munet was acquitted of one count of second degree murder and a firearm violation, but was found guilty of a single firearm violation. He will be sentenced in November.
Munet was returned to custody after the hearing for unrelated criminal offenses.
Munet was standing trial for the murder of William “Billy” Fallau on July 19, 2012, in Kawainui State Park Reserve. Fallau, 29, died of a gunshot wound to the back of his neck.
Kaipo Octubre, the state’s key witness, said he went to the park with Munet and Fallau on the day of the shooting. Octubre told the jury that Munet pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Fallau when Fallau turned his head.
On Feb. 20, 2013, Munet escaped from the custody of Oahu Community Correctional Center guards just before a morning pretrial hearing on charges in connection with Fallau’s death. The escape prompted several school lockdowns. Police captured Munet nearly 12 hours later, several blocks away on Waimanu Street in Kakaako.