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Emotions run high as murder suspect appears in court

Suspect Daniel Kahanaoi Suspect Daniel Kahanaoi
Tim Hershman, Friend of Victim Tim Hershman, Friend of Victim
Victim Craig Kimsel Victim Craig Kimsel
Joseph Kahanaoi, Brother of the Suspect Joseph Kahanaoi, Brother of the Suspect

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Emotions ran high in an Oahu courtroom as a man suspected of murder made his initial appearance in the case.

During the hearing, the suspect's family and a friend of the victim got into a heated exchange.

A murder suspect appears in court, and Tim Hershman's blood begins to boil. Daniel Kahanaoi is accused of gunning down Honolulu defense attorney Craig Kimsel Tuesday night.

"Craig Kimsel was one of my best friends," Hershman said. "He was the best man at my wedding. He was one of the nicest persons I ever met in my entire life."

Investigators say Kahanaoi went to the victim's house in Kailua to look for his ex-girlfriend, who was hiding upstairs, and opened fire on Kimsel.

"Excuse me, your honor, I'm sorry to interrupt," the victim's friend yelled out in court. "Danny, I hope you sleep good at night, bruddah."

Sheriffs move in, as the accused killer sticks his middle finger at Hershman.

"Same to you, bruddah, same to you," Hershman responded to the gesture.

"Shut up. What, you get one f***ing problem, brah? Sit down," the suspect's family members told Hershman.

"That's one of my best friends," he explained.

"I don't give a s***. Shut up. Sit down," Kahanaoi's family members said. "You like go the same place?"

"I'm walking out," Hershman replied.

Kahanaoi is also charged with burglary, a restraining order violation, and firearms offenses. His bail is set at $1 million.

"There's two sides of the story," Joseph Kahanaoi, suspect's brother, said. "Everybody making it look like he's the bad guy. He's a good guy, you know."

"If we were in Texas and he got the death penalty, I'd be the one to flip the switch," Hershman said. "I hope the guy burns in hell."

Kahanaoi's preliminary hearing will be held Tuesday, unless an Oahu grand jury indicts him before then.

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