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Judge wants more info before deciding on admissibility of accused child killer's statements

Matthew Higa Matthew Higa
Det. Kenneth Higa, Honolulu Police Department Det. Kenneth Higa, Honolulu Police Department
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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu judge says he needs more information before he decides whether statements made by an accused child killer should be used at his murder trial.

A homicide investigator testified Thursday that he warned Matthew Higa about his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney before questioning him about the case. Higa is accused of tossing 23-month-old Cyrus Belt off a freeway overpass January 17, 2008.

Prosecutors say the suspect voluntarily made statements at the scene, at the hospital, and to the detectives handling the case.

"I asked him questions about his education, if he understood what I was telling him, if he could read and write English," Det. Kenneth Higa, Honolulu Police Department, said. "He seemed coherent. He answered properly."

The judge says he wants the defense to submit its position regarding Higa's statements in writing, so there's a clear record in the event the high-profile case is appealed.

The hearing will continue January 6th.

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