Stangel waives right to testify in his murder trial

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Toby Stangel chose not to testify in his own defense Monday after the prosecution wrapped up its murder and attempted murder case against him.

"You also have a constitutional right not to testify as I told you before.  Do you understand that?" circuit judge Glenn Kim asked him.

"Yes," Stangel answered.

Defense attorney John Schum said based on his analysis of the state's case and "its inability to prove the requisite state of mind there was no need for Toby to testify."

Schum offered no witnesses.

Stangel, 30, is accused of fatally shooting 54-year-old Tammy Nguyen as she sat in her min-van at a red light on June 3, 2011.  He's also accused of wounding two others and shooting at police before he was arrested on the freeway.

He faces three life sentences without the possibility of parole if he's found guilty.  The jury is expected to begin deliberating the case Tuesday afternoon.

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