A state jury deliberated for just a few hours Friday before finding 73-year-old Jose Inigo not guilty of murder in a fatal stabbing that happened during a card game in Waipahu last year.
Marlo G. Basuel died Jan. 12, 2014, from multiple stab wounds.
Police said Basuel got into an argument with two men at a Kahuanani Street home and suffered several stab wounds. They arrested Inigo three days after the murder at his home nearby after Inigo sought medical attention for an injury to one of his hands.
Inigo testified Thursday that Basuel was drunk and drew a knife on him after losing about a $1,000 to him in the card game. He said he got injured when he put up both hands to block the knife. After that Inigo said he ran home.
Other people involved in the card game gave differing accounts of what happened.