HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Makiki man accused in the strangulation death of a young woman in Kalihi could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, if he's convicted.
Prosecutors on Thursday convinced an Oahu grand jury to indict Corbit Ahn on an enhanced murder count, calling him a persistent offender. The panel also added a charge of third-degree sex assault.
The 29-year-old remains in custody, unable to post $2 million bail.
Police say he strangled Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana, 18, and dumped her nude body in a dirt alley near the Kamehameha Homes housing project two weeks ago.
"Defendant is considered to be a career criminal currently on felony probation for assault second and (unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle) one," Charlene Ikeda, deputy prosecutor, said. "On August 23, 2009, the victim and defendant were both at a Kalihi residence and last seen together."
The next step for Ahn is a Circuit Court arraignment, where he's expected to plead not guilty. A date hasn't been set.