Judge sets trial date for Hilo man charged with murder

Published On: Mar 08 2013 09:53:05 AM HST
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HILO, Hawaii -

A 34-year-old Hilo man has been ordered to stand trial July 15 on charges of first- and second-degree murder and firearms violations.

Sean Ivan Matsumoto pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing 45-year-old Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, his girlfriend, and her mother, 74-year-old Elaine Ahu.

Police investigators say in court filings that Matsumoto on Feb. 11 called 911 and reported he had shot two people in his home.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports he was still on his cellphone when officers arrived.  They recovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

Police say two children in the home were not harmed.

Matsumoto is being held without bail at Hawaii Community Correctional Center.


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