Man Accused Of Fatal Ewa Stabbing Appears In Court

Published On: Mar 01 2009 09:54:45 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 01 2009 10:59:02 PM HST
HONOLULU -

The man accused of stabbing a teacher to death at a shopping center in Ewa Beach made his first appearance in the case in court on Monday morning.

There still appears to be no connection between the suspect and victim, who was a teacher at Waianae High School, according to investigators.

Police arrested Tittleman Fauatea, 25, shortly after he allegedly killed Asa Yamashita, 43, at the Ewa Town Center Friday afternoon.

Within a span of five minutes Fauatea bought a foot-long kitchen knife at the Longs store at the shopping center, walked off without his change and then repeatedly stabbed Yamashita, according to court documents.

Fauatea is being held on $500,000 bail. Some of his family members attended Monday's court hearing. No one wanted to speak to the media about the case.

Yamashita was married and had two young daughters.

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