Man accused of beating grandmother to death waives jury trial

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of savagely beating his 85-year-old grandmother to death in Aiea in 2009 wants a judge to decide his fate, instead of a 12-member jury.

Darrel Wright, Jr., 51, is charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors say he repeatedly punched his grandmother, Mary Sobrado, with such force that she suffered multiple skull fractures.

Circuit Judge Randal Lee on Tuesday granted the defense's request for a jury-waived trial. Opening statements are scheduled for May 31st.

If convicted, Wright could receive an enhanced sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole because the victim was over the age of 60.

A court-appointed panel of doctors earlier examined the defendant and determined that he is mentally fit to stand trial.

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