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Man charged in Kaimuki fatal stabbing has extensive criminal record

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  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                HPD officers investigate near a bridge near the H-1 eastbound on-ramp at Kapiolani Boulevard and Kaimuki Avenue where a man was fatally stabbed Wednesday.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    HPD officers investigate near a bridge near the H-1 eastbound on-ramp at Kapiolani Boulevard and Kaimuki Avenue where a man was fatally stabbed Wednesday.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                Welden Manuel

    COURTESY HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Welden Manuel

The 43-year-old suspect who was arrested following a Wednesday stabbing in the Kaimuki area has been charged with second-degree murder.

The Honolulu Police Department on Thursday charged Welden Manuel, who allegedly stabbed and killed another man just before noon Wednesday during an argument under a bridge along Kapiolani Boulevard. Manuel’s bail has been set at $1 million.

Court records reveal Manuel has an extensive criminal record and has been homeless for years. Many of his citations stem from being in closed parks or having alcohol in public areas on Oahu.

Manuel has been convicted twice for third-degree assault, both of which stem from 2011 incidents.

He was also a defendant in two stabbings — one in 2017 and another in August — which both resulted in second-degree assault charges. In both cases, the complaining witness who had been stabbed could not be brought to court to testify.

In the 2017 case, a reportedly drunk Manuel stabbed a male in the chest at Pier 38 with a switchblade. A jury found him guilty of second-degree assault, but after Manuel appealed the ruling, the Hawaii Supreme Court ordered a new trial in Circuit Court.

The case was dismissed after the stabbing victim could not be located during the week of the trial.

In the other case, Manuel allegedly stabbed a homeless man with a pair of scissors. In April he was acquitted after the victim again could not be located to testify in court.

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