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Pearl City man acquitted of murder charge

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HONOLULU (AP) - A jury has acquitted a 28-year-old Pearl City man charged with murder in a shooting death four years ago in Chinatown.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state jury Wednesday reached a not guilty verdict in the trial of 28-year-old Zorro Rye.

He was charged in the March 28, 2009, shooting death of Joseph Peneueta.

Rye's cousin was a co-defendant. Twenty-5-year-old Iosefa Pasene was acquitted of terroristic threatening. He had been charged with pointing a gun at another person on the sidewalk moments before the shooting.

The jury could not reach a verdict on murder and firearm charges against Pasene and Circuit Judge Rom Trader declared a mistrial.

It's the second mistrial for Pasene.

Defense attorney Thomas Otake says he will seek dismiss of the remaining charges.

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