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Retrial begins for 2015 Big Island killing

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii — A retrial is under way for a Big Island man accused of killing his landlord.

West Hawaii Today reported there were opening statements Thursday in the trial against Eber Miranda-Garcia.

He and his brother were arrested in 2017 for the killing of Dolores “Lolo” Borja-Valle.

Eber and Marlon Miranda-Garcia were initially tried together last year. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

A trial date for the brother hasn’t been set.

Borja-Valle’s body was found in a Captain Cook coffee field in 2015. Deputy Prosecutor Sheri Lawson says he worked in the coffee field.

Lawson told jurors Eber Miranda-Garcia killed Borja-Valle by hitting him with rocks and some sort of sharp, pointy object at their Holualoa home. She says jurors will hear about how “Lolo’s lifeless body” was dumped.

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