Maui murder suspect confessed in jail to killing, witness says

The witness was incarcerated at the same time as the suspect.

Maui murder suspect confessed in jail to killing, witness says
A Maui man charged with murder confessed to the killing while in jail. (Image: MPD)

WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A witness in a Maui murder trial testified Wednesday that the suspect confessed in jail to the killing.

48-year-old Jesse Hueu is charged with second degree murder in the 2014 death of Derrick Kualaau.

Kualaau was found dead at his home near Maliko Gulch.

The Maui News reports the witness was incarcerated at the Maui Community Correctional Center at the same time as Hueu.

It was during this time, that the witness says Hueu told him that he had killed Kualaau by hitting him in the head with a bat.

Prosecutors say details of the conversation match crime scene evidence and the victim’s injuries.

The trial is ongoing.

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