Daniel Kahanaoi found guilty of murder - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Daniel Kahanaoi found guilty of murder

Daniel Kahanaoi Daniel Kahanaoi
Craig Kimsel Craig Kimsel
Barbara Ankersmit Barbara Ankersmit
Kimsel's home Kimsel's home
Judge Glenn Kim Judge Glenn Kim

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Daniel Kahanaoi stood stone faced as the verdicts were read: guilty of murder, guilty of burglary, guilty of using a firearm in the killing of Craig Kimsel.

The victim's mother was relieved.

"We were hoping for the right decision and I think we got it," Barbara Ankersmit said.

Kahanaoi shot Kimsel dead in his Kailua home in April, 2009.

He went there looking for his girlfriend who was Kimsel's ex-girlfriend.

Kahanaoi claimed he killed him in self-defense after wrestling a gun out of Kimsel's hands.

The jury didn't buy it.

"I don't have any real hatred toward him," Ankersmit said. "I don't understand why he decided to do this but I don't have any hatred."

The jury deliberated about two full days before returning the verdicts.

Murder in the second degree carries life with the possibility of parole. But the prosecutor wants enhanced sentencing on all counts.

"In the case of murder in the second degree that would be life in prison without the possibility of parole," Circuit Judge Glenn Kim said.

Kimsel was an attorney. He leaves behind two sons and a family who says the verdict starts their road to healing.

"We don't want his life to be defined by his death. We prefer to remember his sense of humor, his caring about his clients and about his family. That's what we're moving towards," Ankersmit said.

More about this story on HawaiiNewsNow.com:

Accused killer testifies he shot in self-defense

Girlfriend testifies against man accused of killing Kailua attorney

Trial begins for Oahu man accused of gunning down attorney

Man charged with killing Honolulu attorney accused of jailhouse attack

Emotions run high as murder suspect appears in court

Murdered attorney's family says he tried to protect himself from suspect

Suspect in attorney murder indicted

Copyright 2010 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly