LIHUE — A trial date of March 20 has been set for co-defendants in the homicide of a Kekaha man.
Koma Texeira and Clayton Kona appeared before Judge Randal Valenciano on Monday on charges relating to the death of Jon Togioka, who was found dead near Port Allen Airport earlier this month.
Texeira, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder, carrying a firearm in commission of a separate felony, possession of a firearm and two counts of ownership or possession of a firearm. He was arrested on Nov. 4.
The state named Kona, 38, the accomplice in the case, according to the complaint.
He has been charged with accomplice to second-degree murder, carrying or use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony, two counts of ownership or possession of a firearm and place to keep a pistol or revolver.
Kona was arrested Nov. 3.
Police believe Texeira and Kona are connected with the killing of Togioka, whose body was found on Nov. 1. An autopsy confirmed that Togioka sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
A bystander found Togioka shortly before 7 a.m. along the shoreline near Port Allen Airport. His death was ruled a homicide two days later.
Texeira is facing charges in a pending drug case of promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of ammunition charges. He is set to go to trial in that case in January.
Kona is serving two years probation after being convicted of a family-abuse charge in October. He also has three contempt-of-court convictions.