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Hawaii Supreme Court overturns kidnapping conviction

Toi Nofoa Toi Nofoa
Royal Kaukani Royal Kaukani

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned a man's kidnapping conviction, saying he didn't get a fair trial.

The high court ruled this week that Toi Nofoa didn't receive a fair trial because jurors were told his ex-girlfriend couldn't provide live testimony because she was dead.

Nofoa was acquitted in 2011 in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Royal Kaukani. She was shot in 2008, a few days before she was going to testify against him for allegedly kidnapping and threatening her.

In 2012, a jury found Nofoa guilty of abducting Kaukani and forcing her into a vehicle at gunpoint.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the judge in the kidnapping trial allowed jurors to hear Kaukani's recorded testimony.

The case goes back to Circuit Court for a new trial.

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