WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a Maui man convicted of murder isn't entitled to a new trial.
Maui County First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Peter Hanano told the Maui News that the office is pleased the high court chose not to review the ruling that found Taryn Christian received a fair trial.
The 34-year-old Christian was convicted in 1997 of second-degree murder and attempted third-degree theft in the 1995 death of 23-year-old Vilmar Cabaccang. He was stabbed multiple times after chasing a man who broke into his car.
Christian was released in 2008 after a judge ruled he was denied a fair trial. Christian was taken back into custody in April after the appeals court ruling.