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Jury finds Kauai man guilty of murder in 2016 Halloween night shooting

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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Waimea man may spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was found guilty in court Thursday in connection to a 2016 murder at Kauai's Salt Pond.

After a two-week trial, a jury found 21-year-old Koma Kekoa Texeria Jr. guilty on all counts of murder for shooting and killing Jon Togioka.

According to witness testimony and other evidence, Texeira drove to the Burns Field area in Hanapepe on Halloween night last year, and shot Togioka, Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar said.

The jury delivered the verdict Thursday after four hours of deliberation. 

He was found guilty of murder in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, and two counts of prohibited possession of firearms or ammunition.

“Justice prevailed today. Our thoughts and aloha remain with the friends and ohana of Jon Togioka,” Kollar added.

Texeria faces a life sentence without parole pending an extended-term hearing in circuit court Monday.

His sentencing is set for July 5.

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