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Doctor accused of murder-for-hire plot goes on trial

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Trial began Wednesday for a Wahiawa doctor accused of a murder-for-hire plot involving his ex-girlfriend.

The prosecution's first witness on the stand was Hea Joung Youm, the target of the alleged hit.

When Youm first met Dr. Dennis Ayon at Club Napa Valley, she says she found him to be handsome, charming and gentle. The two began dating and she looked forward to having his child.

"I love him so much that time and then I want his baby," she testified.

But the relationship became rocky, and later involved custody battles and restraining orders.

Prosecutors say Ayon asked one of his patients, Linda Moore, to kill the mother of his then-four-year-old son. The solicitation allegedly happened during Moore's visit to the doctor's office last November.

"I want her dead. I want her killed. I want you to go over there and beat her a**. I want you to kill her," Adrian Dhakhwa, deputy prosecutor, told jurors during his opening statements.

Prosecutors say Ayon wrote his ex's address and phone number on a Post-It, gave it to his patient, and told her she would be rewarded.

But the woman contacted Youm and revealed the alleged murder plot.

"Someone hiding and killing me, she tell me like that," Youm testified. "So I'm so scary, even though now. I couldn't, I couldn't believe, you know. I really, I couldn't believe."

The defense questions Moore's credibility.

"She sent letters and cards to Dr. Ayon, expressing her desire for him," Harrison Kiehm, defense attorney, told jurors during his opening statements. "Dr. Ayon rejected her romantic advances. Consequently, Ms. Moore was hurt. She wanted Dr. Ayon to feel her pain."

If convicted of criminal solicitation, Ayon faces up to 20 years in prison. The trial continues Thursday.

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