Suspected killer of former football standout faces multiple felony charges

Makuola Collins
Makuola Collins

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused in the shooting death of a former Castle High School football standout faces multiple felony charges, including attempted murder in the first degree. If convicted of that count, Makuola Collins, 26, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect is scheduled to make his first appearance at Honolulu District Court Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Collins was charged with eight felony counts -- first-degree attempted murder, second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, three firearms offenses, and two drug offenses. His bail is set at $750,000.

He's suspected of gunning down Joel Botelho, 27, outside Botelho's parents' home on Waikalua Road in Kaneohe Sunday. Police believe the victim and his 21-year-old brother, Leon, were followed there after an altercation at a bar nearby.

The attempted murder charges against Collins involve the younger Botelho, who escaped injury.

Leon Botelho told investigators that he and Collins were kicked out of Club Komomai after they got into an argument. He says he left the bar with his brother, Joel, while Collins left with his friends.

Neighbors on Waikalua Road reported hearing three or four gunshots and people screaming at about 3:50 AM. According to a police affidavit filed in court, Leon Botelho told investigators that "he saw the flash from the weapon that was being held by Collins."

According to the affidavit, Leon Botelho immediately identified the suspect to responding officers, saying, "Go get those guys that went (sic) shoot my was Maku Collins."

The victim's brother says he has known the suspect since elementary school.

An autopsy found that Joel Botelho bled to death from injuries to his heart and liver after being shot in the chest.

Joel Botelho was an all-star quarterback for the Knights in 2001-2002. Castle football head coach Nelson Maeda described him as one of the greatest players to come out of that school.

The victim died one day after celebrating his 27th birthday. He leaves behind three sons. The eldest is seven years old.

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