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Man pleads not guilty in bicyclist’s death

LIHU’E — A Lihu’e man pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in Wailua behind a guardrail along Kuhio Highway in October.

Nyles Nobuo Muramoto pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of negligent homicide, and for leaving the scene of an accident, in connection with an incident that left Steve Scarlett of Kealia dead.

Fifth Circuit Chief Judge George Masuoka set trial for June 26.

Muramoto was arrested last week, and was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Muramoto, 51, was indicted by members of the Kaua’i grand jury late last month.

He faces one count of second-degree negligent homicide, and one count of not stopping after driving a vehicle that caused an accident involving a death.

If convicted on both felony counts, Muramoto could be in prison for a maximum of 15 years.

Scarlett’s body was found the night of Oct. 23 in Wailua, behind a guardrail along Kuhio Highway.

Kaua’i Police Department dispatch operators received a call at around 7 p.m. about an old, mangled, maroon bike that was propped up against a guardrail on the mauka side of the highway.

When police officers went to check out the report, they discovered the body behind a guardrail between mile markers 4 and 5.

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