HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several Honolulu police officers testified before a federal grand jury Thursday as part of the ongoing investigation of Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy city prosecutor.
There are numerous charges being considered, including public corruption, but testimony Thursday centered on possible civil rights violations.
Specifically, the discussion Thursday centered on a single day: June 27, 2011.
That's the day the Katherine Kealoha's uncle, Gerard Puana, was arrested for unauthorized entry. He walked into his neighbor's home and yelled for someone to move their car.
At the time, Puana and the Kealohas were embroiled in a bitter family dispute over money.
And sources say that while Puana was in police custody, Katherine Kealoha allegedly went into his home and took several items.
The FBI is investigating this as a possible illegal search and seizure.
And she may not have been alone. Sources say she may have had Honolulu police officers with her.
Other family members were also there that day, and they've testified before the grand jury.
Experienced defense attorney William Harrison, who is not involved in the case, called the allegations startling.
"The FBI would only be looking into this matter if they believe that there were civil rights violations," Harrison says. "It's a serious matter."
Hawaii News Now also saw Michael Wheat, a federal prosecutor from California, arriving for the grand jury.
Harrison said that's also telling.
"The U.S. Attorney's office generally will make sure that if they go after someone that they have ample evidence to suggest the person should be charged," he said.
Years after the alleged illegal search Puana home, the Kealohas' mailbox was stolen from their Kahala home.
They accused Puana, but Puana's attorney argued his client was framed by the power couple and that the theft was a tactic to gain the upper hand in the family's financial dispute.
The FBI has been presenting it's case since late last year, but it could take months more before the grand jury makes a decision. The Kealohas have always maintained that they did nothing wrong. They remain in their current positions.
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