Hilario murder conviction stands

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court Friday reinstated the murder conviction of an Anahola man convicted of an execution-style killing at a beach park in the North Shore.

Vincente Kote Kapika Hilario was convicted by a jury in 2013 after a month-long trial for the Dec. 17, 2010 murder of Aureo Moore, 34. Prosecutors said Hilario shot Moore at the Anahola Beach Park to prevent him from testifying in a robbery case.

In March, the Intermediate Court of Appeals vacated the Fifth Circuit Court decision citing that the delay in trial was not properly excluded under the Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure Rule 48.

Hilario is incarcerated at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona and is serving 10 years for felony firearms and drug charges in addition to the life without parole sentence.

Read Saturday’s The Garden Island for more information.


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