A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty at Circuit Court today to a hindering prosecution charge in connection with a deadly shooting at Ala Moana Center.
Lance Bermudez appeared at his arraignment before Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi via closed-circuit video link from the Oahu Community Correctional Center after he was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution.
His attorney, Jason Burks, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Bermudez.
Burks requested a bail reduction of $100,000 as Bermudez has no prior felony convictions. He noted the bail amount for a second man, William K.C. Kan, who was also charged with first-degree hindering prosecution in connection with the shooting of 20-year-old Stevie Feliciano, was set at $25,000. Kan is free after he posted bail.
Garibaldi denied Burks’ request and confirmed Bermudez’ bail at $500,000. His trial is set for the week of March 13.
Police arrested Bermudez on a $500,000 warrant Saturday morning in the Kipapa Gulch area. He and Kan allegedly threatened a witness to the shooting that occurred at Ala Moana’s parking structure Christmas night.
Authorities said Feliciano and his friends went to the shopping center’s parking structure on the Ewa Wing to get marijuana. Before they could pick it up, Dae Han Moon, 20, and his friends arrived in a vehicle.
Police said one of Moon’s friends started a fight with Feliciano and others jumped in.
After the altercation, Moon went to his car and grabbed a gun. He struck Feliciano with it and fired a gunshot into the back of his head.
Feliciano was on life support at Queen’s Medical Center and died Dec. 28.
Moon, indicted for second-degree murder and firearm offenses, turned himself in to the police department’s main headquarters five days after the shooting.