HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eighteen-year old Samuela Mataele made his first appearance in court on a Second-Degree Murder charge Wednesday. He watched silently as the judge and his attorney discussed the case.
Mataele is accused of shooting 65-year old Josh Liava'a, a man he called 'uncle' Sunday in the Kahaluu home they lived in with several other family members.
The case is making international headlines because of the victim's past. Liava'a was a police officer in New Zealand and played rugby for the country decades ago. He also was the source of scandal after the commoner romanced two Tongan Princesses.
Honolulu Police won't say what led up to Sunday's shooting but Jay Mataele, the suspect's brother says the teen was diagnosed with a mental illness years ago and they tried to get him help.
Court documents show Mataele also threatened another man inside the home, the 36-year old was able to get out and call police.