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Testimony: Hilo homicide defendant 'malingering'

Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto
Victims Elaine Ahu and her daughter, Rhonda Ahu. Victims Elaine Ahu and her daughter, Rhonda Ahu.

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A court-appointed psychologist says a Big Island man accused of double-homicide is either faking or exaggerating his mental illness in an attempt to be found unfit for trial.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that Tom Cunningham testified at a hearing that he believes Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto is "malingering."

Matsumoto is charged in the February shooting deaths of his 45-year-old girlfriend and her 74-year-old mother at their Hilo home.

Cunningham and psychiatrist Andrew Bisset find that Matsumoto is fit for trial. However, psychiatrist Henry Yang has testified previously that Matsumoto suffers from "substance-induced psychotic disorder" that renders him unfit for trial.

Closing arguments in Matsumoto's mental fitness proceedings are scheduled for Jan. 17.

Matsumoto is being held without bail.

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