Hawaii women plead not guilty to suspected Halloween murder

HILO — Two Hawaii women have pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection with the death of a young boy Halloween night.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported Tuesday that 34-year-old Ashley Nihipali and 32-year-old Kuuipo Nihipali pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple charges including second-degree murder.

Officials say the married women had informal custody of 6-year-old Mazen Nihipali-Moniz, who was injured Oct. 31 at an apartment where the women lived in Kailua-Kona, about 78 miles (126 kilometers) west of Hilo.

Authorities say Nihipali-Moniz was unconscious and taken to a fire station around 4:30 p.m. before being transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Authorities say Nihipali-Moniz’s injuries were not consistent with those from an accident.

A jury trial is scheduled for November 2019.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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