Judge orders ex-girlfriend of slain attorney to testify in murder trial

Judge orders ex-girlfriend of slain attorney to testify in murder trial

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rusty Anoba testified for the prosecution in the murder trial of Daniel Kahanaoi. Now she's being ordered to testify for the defense.

Kahanaoi is accused of killing Kailua attorney Craig Kimsel last year.  He claims self-defense.

Defense attorney John Schum wanted to put Anoba on the witness stand Thursday but said Anoba didn't show up at court and couldn't be found.

"I called the number I have for her that has always worked. She said, 'Hello.' I said, 'Hello.' Then she hung up," Schum told the judge.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim then ordered Schum to subpoena Anoba to testify next week.

"You get a subpoena today.  I want her subpoenaed for next Monday, eight o'clock in the morning. This courtroom," Kim said.

Anoba is Kahanaoi's girlfriend.

Kahanaoi is accused of fatally shooting Kimsel at his Kailua home because he suspected Anoba was at the house.

As a prosecution witness, Anoba testified she and Kimsel ended their romance years ago and she was at his home to borrow money.

She said she hid when Kahananoi showed up.

Anoba also changed an earlier statement she made, saying Kahanaoi never threatened to kill her or Kimsel if he found them together.

The judge told Schum that Anoba needs to be warned that she's expected to appear in court.

"If she is not here she of course risks being in contempt of court," Kim said.

If Kahanaoi is found guilty of murder he could get a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

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