HONOLULU — A jury found a homeless man guilty of manslaughter instead of murder in a fatal stabbing in a Hawaii park.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the verdict was announced Friday for Karl Forster who stabbed Theodore Abraham Jr. on July 28, 2016, near Kapiolani Park’s Diamond Head tennis courts. The 55-year-old Abraham died of a single stab wound to his chest that punctured his heart.
An Oahu grand jury charged the 63-year-old Forster with murder.
Defense lawyer Alan Komagome told the jury that Forster stabbed Abraham in self-defense.
Abraham had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.283, more than three times the legal threshold for drunken driving.
Forster did not testify in his own defense. He faces a maximum 20-year prison term at sentencing in October.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com