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Famlily of murder victim speaks out at killer's sentencing

Christin Dunn Christin Dunn
Michael Town Michael Town

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of a transgendered person, who was stabbed to death two years ago, flew from Maui to Oahu to speak out at the convicted killer's sentencing Wednesday.

Victim Jason Namauu's family members say he was different, but didn't deserve to die like that. The convicted murderer seemed disinterested in what they had to say.

When Joel Allen refused to look at his victim's sister, the emotionally-wounded woman walked around the defense table to face him.

"If you don't mind, I'd like you to turn around, please," Valerie Namauu, murder victim's sister, said.

"I mind. I mind," Allen responded. "I'm not going to turn around."

"If you won't look at me, I'll come to you," Valerie Namauu said through tears. "I'm going to show you the pain that you have caused to me and my family."

A jury found the 65-year-old guilty of murdering Jason Namauu, 35, who went by the names "Jayleen" and "Lynette." At trial, witnesses testified the two were in a relationship.

"I watch everybody talk about him, oh yeah, this mahu got killed," Christin Dunn, murder victim's niece, said through tears. "No matter to me, he's still my uncle and I love him. I write him letters every day as if he was alive."

Prosecutors say the murder weapon was a pocket knife. The stabbing happened inside a parked car near Cartwright Field in Makiki in July 2008.

"You don't even feel anything," Dunn said to Allen. "I don't know how you could do something like that and not feel anything."

Dunn says she was shocked to hear about her uncle's slaying. She says he wouldn't hurt a fly.

"I always cry. I think about him. I pray for him," she said. "The only thing I get for ask is why."

Allen claimed he acted in self-defense, saying he was attacked first when he refused to give Namauu money for drugs.

He expressed frustration over his statements not being included in the pre-sentence report.

"That's not fair to me," the convicted murderer said. "What's fair is fair and that is not fair, so something is being withheld."

But the judge went ahead and gave him a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

"Nothing can bring him back," Michael Town, Circuit judge, told the victim's family. "But you have good memories, shared times."

The judge also ordered nearly $3,300 in restitution to cover the cost of Namauu's funeral.

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