The trial of the mother of Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr., has been postponed for five months, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
The newspaper today reported that Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara granted Jaylin Kema’s request to postpone her trial to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 30. The trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 22.
The 46-year-old Kema and her 45-year-old husband, Peter Kema Sr., are charged with second-degree murder. Both Kemas were indicted by a Hilo grand jury in April, about 19 years after Peter Boy’s disappearance in 1997.
Peter Kema Sr. told authorities in August 1997 he left Peter Boy with a longtime family friend, “Aunty Rose Makuakane,” at Aala Park in downtown Honolulu.
Hara also granted Jaylin Kema’s request to postpone a separate trial for second-degree theft in a welfare fraud case until Jan. 23. She allegedly collected more than $17,000 in public assistance benefits she wasn’t entitled to between May 2010 and July 2015. The alleged theft was uncovered because of the murder investigation, prosecutors said.
Hara won’t hear either case if trials do occur, as he’s set to retire at the end of the year, the Hilo newspaper reported.
Jaylin Kema is in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center. A motion to reduce her $150,000 bail is set to be heard at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18.
Peter Kema Sr.’s murder trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 19 before Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura. He’s in custody, unable to post bail of $500,000.