KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The suspect who was arrested for murder last week in connection with a rollover death in Kalihi has been indicted for attempted murder.
He had previously been charged with manslaughter.
A grand jury indicted Brandon Reis, 33, for attempted murder and four weapons charges on Wednesday.
Reis is accused of shooting at Kyen Knowles, who was not hit by a bullet but apparently jumped out of his moving car to escape. That's when his car rolled over him. Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reis' attorney, Keith Shigetomi, said he was shocked to hear his client's charge had been upgraded from manslaughter.
"It's surprising. In looking at the affidavit from the detective, I thought they had problems with the manslaughter charge and I think they'll have even more problems with the attempted murder charge," Shigetomi said.
Shigetomi said it proves police and prosecutors are still uncertain about what happened in the incident.
"I think it shows the uncertainty that they have and the indecision that they have and so whether it actually helps us later. I think that's just a sign of the strength of the case," said Shigetomi.
Reis is accused of shooting at Knowles, 36, in a busy neighborhood on Waterhouse Street.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said Knowles died from suffocation and mechanical asphyxia after his car rolled on top of him.
In Hawaii, the law treats attempted murder the same as murder -- both mean mandatory life sentences.
Reis was out on bail awaiting trial for three felony cases when the incident happened. He is now being held on $1 million bail.