A 20-year-old man indicted for the murder of an 18-year-old man in Maili pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court.
Kamaua Van Gieson appeared before Judge Colette Garibaldi today via closed-circuit video link from the Oahu Community College second-degree murder involving Dustin Molina’s death.
An Oahu grand jury also indicted Van Gieson for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and first-degree burglary for breaking into her home.
Deputy Public Defender Darcia Forrester entered a not guilty plea to all charges on Van Gieson’s behalf.
Garibaldi confirmed his $1 million bail and scheduled his trial for the week of Feb. 19.
Police said Van Gieson stabbed Molina in the neck at Maili Beach Park on the night of Dec. 4 and swam his body out into the ocean.
A resident of the Maili Cove apartment complex called police after spotting a body, later identified as Molina, on the shoreline the following morning.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said Molina sustained two stab wounds.
Police arrested Van Gieson on Dec. 7 in Aiea.