HONOLULU (AP) - An appeals court has affirmed the murder
conviction of a Honolulu man for tossing a 23-month of child to his death from
a freeway overpass.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/Ao5ur4 ) reported the state's appeals court unanimously
rejected Matthew Higa's appeal, including his argument that the prosecution
failed to prove the child was alive when he was thrown onto the freeway.
The appeals panel, in a 32-page ruling, also says it's undisputed
that Higa was on drugs at the time.
Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario found Higa guilty of
second-degree murder for causing Cyrus Belt's 2008 death.
The judge sentenced him to 15 years to life in prison. In 2010,
the Hawaii Paroling Authority ruled that Higa must serve at least 200 years in
prison before he can be released on parole.