Driver accused in 'intentional' hit-and-run denied supervised release, lower bail

Driver accused in 'intentional' hit-and-run denied supervised release, lower bail
Alisha Brown (Image: Family)
Alisha Brown (Image: Family)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused of intentionally plowing into a crowd of people after a brawl in Ewa Beach will remain in jail until his December trial, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Malik Morton is charged with three counts of attempted murder for the May hit-and-run, which left 18-year-old Alisha Brown critically injured.

Morton's attorney, Ed Harada, asked a judge to let Morton out on supervised release or reduce his $1 million bail because Morton's girlfriend recently gave birth. He pointed out that his client has no criminal record.

"I understand the charges are serious," Harada told the court. "But that's what we have trials for and that's not going to be for awhile."

Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kim wasn't swayed by the argument, and denied Morton's request for supervised release and bail reduction.

"The charge isn't only quite serious, you can't get more serious," Kim said. "The penalty, potentially upon conviction, is life without the possibility of parole."

The hit-and-run happened May 17, after a party at a home on Fort Weaver Road.

Morton and a friend got into a fight with a group of teens, and Morton's friend was knocked unconscious.

As he left the scene, Morton allegedly drove through a crowd of party attendees more than once. Three people were injured, including Brown, who was in a coma for weeks.

Morton claims he was just trying to get away and the people in the crowd were attempting to stop him. But witnesses and police say Morton intentionally drove into the crowd.

Lily Brown, Alisha's mother, expressed relief after the judge's ruling Wednesday,

"She's still fragile but she's better," Brown said, about her daughter.

Alisa Brown was attending Chaminade University of Honolulu when the incident happened. Lily Brown said her daughter had to undergo intense physical therapy after waking from the coma.

"You know, learn how to walk, how to swallow, how to talk again," Brown said. "She's been through a lot."

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