Psychologist: Double homicide suspect faking mental illness

Published On: Dec 17 2013 03:52:00 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

A Big Island man accused of double homicide is either faking or exaggerating his mental illness in an attempt to be found unfit for trial,  according to a court appointed psychologist.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that Tom Cunningham testified that Sean Matsumoto is fit  to stand trial during testimony Monday.

Matsumoto is charged in the February shooting deaths of his 45-year old girlfriend, Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu,  and her 74-year old mother, Elaine Ahu, at their Hilo home.

Cunningham is the second mental health expert to find Matsumoto competent. A third psychiatrist  believes Matsumoto suffers from "substance-induced psychotic disorder", rendering him unfit for trial.

The fitness hearing continues in January.

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