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Homeless man accused of murder found guilty of lesser charge

David Orpin David Orpin
St. Pius Catholic Church in Manoa St. Pius Catholic Church in Manoa
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A jury has found a homeless man, charged with second-degree murder, guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Prosecutors say David Orpin beat Arthur Martinez to death on Oct. 27. 2010. Martinez was found unresponsive in the parking lot of St. Pius Catholic Church.  Police say Orpin showed up at HPD headquarters the morning of the murder and told them where the victim was.

"The male reported that he had possibly killed a man in a church parking lot in the Manoa area," Capt. Britt Nishijo, Honolulu Police Department, said. "At that time, officers were sent to that parking lot and discovered a lifeless male."

Since Martinez was older than the age of 60, Orpin's murder charge carried  the state's harshest sentence: life in prison without the possibility of parole.

With the lesser charge of manslaughter, Orpin now faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 31.

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