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Jury deliberating Waikiki deadly beating case

Kelii Acasia Kelii Acasia
Ned Nakoa Ned Nakoa

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu jury is deliberating the fate of a young man accused in the beating death of a Good Samaritan in Waikiki.

Kelii Acasia decided not to testify in his own defense at his murder trial.

During closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors showed jurors video that a bystander took using a mobile phone. They say Acasia's friend, Ben Pada, was fighting with a man when Ned Nakoa, 58, went over and tried to calm the situation.

The camera didn't capture the attack on Nakoa, but the video shows him motionless on the ground.

The defense says Acasia delivered a single punch, after a drunken Nakoa hit Acasia's pregnant girlfriend.

Deliberations continue on Wednesday.

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