Hilario’s drug trial continued

LIHU‘E — Vicente Kotekapika Hilario was in 5th Circuit Court Thursday on a matter unrelated to his murder trial.

The hearing for a jury trial setting was postponed from Tuesday to allow for Hilario’s transfer from Honolulu Community Correctional Center. He appeared to address a second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug charge.

Hilario was arraigned Dec. 8, 2011, on this case, reportedly involving possession of marijuana.

Defense attorney Warren Perry made a motion to continue the case until the conclusion of more serious matters involved in Hilario’s other case.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jared Auna said there was no objection from the state on the continuance.

Chief Judge Randal Valenciano set the trial date for July 9. It will trail Hilario’s first-degree murder case set for May 14 with the same judge in 5th Circuit Court.

Hilario, 25, of Anahola is accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting death of 34 year-old Kapa‘a resident Aureo Moore near Anahola Beach Park on Dec. 17, 2010. He is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, retaliating against a witness, intimidating a witness and bribery of a witness.

Court-appointed Honolulu attorney Keith Shigetomi is defending Hilario in the murder case.

County First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jake Delaplane is the prosecutor.

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