Grand jury returns murder indictment in three-year-old Kalihi homicide case

Vito John Talo
Vito John Talo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There hasn't been real closure for family members of a Kalihi man who was savagely beaten to death nearly three years ago. Now, they may be one step closer.

Damaso Domingo, 54, was found unconscious near the intersection of Lanakila Avenue and North School Street on January 13, 2009. This week, an Oahu grand jury returned an indictment charging Vito John Talo, 28, with second-degree murder.

Shortly after Domingo's death, his family tearfully asked for the community's help in identifying the two assailants.

"I can't imagine why anyone would do this to him," Shirley Domingo, victim's daughter, said on January 16, 2009. "This is why we're here to ask for help."

Dr. Shirley Domingo learned of her father's beating after treating him at the Queen's Medical Center. He was so badly injured that she didn't recognize him at the time.

"It was a shock to me," she said in 2009. "No one should ever have to go through that."

Eight months after the family's public plea, an anonymous tip led to the arrest of Aitasi Legatasia, 19. He later pleaded no contest to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for his role in the attack, and was granted a deferral.

Prosecutors say Legatasia is expected to testify against Talo during his murder trial. Talo is set to be arraigned at Honolulu Circuit Court next Tuesday.

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