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Trial starts for HPD chief’s wife family squabble


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The attorney representing the wife of Honolulu’s police chief denies that she stole money from her uncle and 95-year-old grandmother.

A civil trial started Tuesday, further exposing a family squabble that has led to allegations of police misconduct.

Chief Louis Kealoha’s wife Katherine is the defendant in a civil lawsuit by her grandmother and uncle alleging she stole their money. Katherine Kealoha’s attorney Kevin Sumida says he’s glad the trial is starting so she can tell her side of the story.

The case took a bizarre turn when the uncle, Gerard Puana, went on trial last month for stealing Kealohas’ home mailbox. But the case was dropped after the chief gave improper testimony about Puana.

Puana’s public defender says his client was framed to discredit him in this civil suit.

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