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Suspected beer thief's homicide closed

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There are new details in the case of a suspected beer thief who died during a struggle with a Good Samaritan in Waikiki last month.

Police say no one will be prosecuted for Humberto Murillo's homicide, after authorities determined the Good Samaritan acted in self-defense.

Investigators say the manager of an ABC store confronted Murillo, 33, after he left with two packs of beer without paying for them. The suspect allegedly assaulted the store manager, and then got into a struggle with a 20-year-old male tourist who intervened.

The city Medical Examiner's office ruled Murillo's death a homicide, after an autopsy showed the California resident died from mechanical asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, because the Good Samaritan was lying on him while he was on the ground.

Police say the case is now closed.

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