Kailua-Kona man charged with murder in fatal shooting

Kailua-Kona man charged with murder in fatal shooting

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police have arrested a Kailua-Kona man in connection with the shooting death of a 36-year-old man last week.

Police recovered Alanaokala Solomon Covington's body in a lava field off Hawaii Belt Road.

At noon Saturday, Kona patrol officers arrested 29-year-old Gafatasi Jorden Kaipo Napoleon in connection with the case.

He was charged Sunday night with second-degree murder, car theft, and promoting a dangerous drug and criminal property damage. His bail was set at $271,000.

Last Sunday, police received an anonymous tip about a possible murder in Kailua-Kona. An investigation led to the discovery of the burial site late Tuesday afternoon.

An autopsy determined that Covington died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, or jerome.manuel@hawaiicounty.gov

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