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Judge orders men accused of drug slaying be held without bail

Michael Connolly Michael Connolly
Joshua Williams Joshua Williams

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu judge on Monday ordered that two men charged with an "especially heinous" drug-related slaying be held without bail pending the outcome of their trial.

Joshua Williams and Michael Connolly are accused of beating Jamil Khan, 24, with a hammer, and then dismembering his body before disposing of it in a city and county trash bin.

Khan's remains have not been recovered.

Williams and Connolly are charged under a statute that classifies the murder as "especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity." If convicted, they face the state's harshest punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspects were already being held in lieu of $2 million bail. But deputy prosecutor Kevin Takata argued that they should be stripped of the opportunity to bail out because the sentence that they could receive makes them a flight risk.

Williams' attorney John Schum argued the $2 million bail amount is sufficient to ensure his client's presence in court.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins granted the state's motion for commitment without bail and set trial for July.

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