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Woman suspected in 2009 Big Isle slaying to be arraigned

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    Patricia Wong

A 54-year-old Big Island fugitive, who fled to the mainland to avoid a murder charge in a 2009 slaying, will be arraigned in a Hilo District Court this afternoon.

Patricia Wong, also known as Patricia Hanoa, of Mountain View, was extradited to the Big Island Monday from Las Vegas.

She was arrested June 27 by U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas following an indictment for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Kaycee Smith in Puna in June 30, 2009, which was disguised as a suicide. Her bail was set at $250,000.

An autopsy of Smith, whose body was found in her Orchidland residence, determined that she died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Court documents say the crime scene had been manipulated to make it appear like a suicide.

Wong was the suspect police identified when the case was brought before prosecutors in October 2009. However, it was presented to a grand jury in Hilo for the first time last month, according to Big Island Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth.

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