HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A jury found a former mixed martial arts fighter guilty of second-degree murder and third-degree sex assault on Monday afternoon. The father of the young Kalihi woman killed said justice had been served, but the family of defendant Corbit Ahn disagreed.
Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana's nude body was discovered in a Kalihi alley in August 2009 near the Kamehameha Homes housing complex. The 2008 McKinley High School graduate had been strangled and sexually assaulted. Prosecutors said Ahn was drunk, and that he left behind DNA evidence on her body and clothes.
"There was only one guy who had big hands enough to grab my daughter. She was only 5'2" and 100 pounds, to grab her by her neck and squeeze her and bust her neck that bad, nobody else could do that," said Steven Rodrigues, the victim's father.
But Ahn's family maintains he is innocent despite the jury's decision.
"She was a really good person because she took care of my grandkids and my heart goes out to them, but by the same token, my son, I don't believe that he would have done that to her," said Cynthia Ahn, the defendant's mother.
Cynthia Ahn fears for her son's life in prison and said he was badly beaten at the Oahu Community Correctional Center in 2010. The family plans to appeal the verdict.
Sentencing is set for July 9. Prosecutors are deciding whether to seek a tougher sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ahn has a prior felony conviction and two assault cases that are currently pending trial.