State jury finds Jacob Le not guilty in fatal 2012 stabbing

State jury finds Jacob Le not guilty in fatal 2012 stabbing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state jury has found hip-hop dancer Jacob Le not guilty in the fatal 2012 stabbing, officials announced Thursday.

28-year-old Jacob Le was standing trial for the second time in the October 3, 2012 murder of 23-year-old Brent Keolaokalani "Ola" Kanae, and retracted his previous police confession that he fatally stabbed Kanae.

On Wednesday, Le testified in Circuit Court that he confessed and demonstrated the crime to police because detectives confused and pressured him.

According to police, Le confessed and demonstrated how he placed his right hand on Kanae's right shoulder from behind, then reached around with his left hand, stabbing him three times into Kanae's chest while his friend was on the phone.

Kanae suffered three wounds to the chest that punctures his heart, a lung and an artery, and he bled to death.

When Le first testified in 2013, it concluded with jurors deadlocked 11-1 for conviction. Le did not testify in that trial.

Both Le and Kanae were members of the hip-hop dance group Dance Floor Assassins.

Le cannot be tried again.

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