Stabbing Death Found to be in Self-Defense

Peter Carlisle
Peter Carlisle

(KHNL) -- A Makiki man who stabbed an intruder to death Sunday is a step closer to moving on with his life. Honolulu's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday his office will not be pursuing any charges against Aaron Ackerman.

Ackerman and his girlfriend were at their apartment Sunday, when the nightmare began. Gregory Hunter, who authorities say was a drug user, entered their unit and disrupted their lives.

"I don't know that Mr. Hunter had any weapon, although he had succeeded in putting a full-nelson on Mr. Ackerman and wrestling him to the floor," Honolulu prosecutor Peter Carlisle said.

Carlisle says the tenant grabbed two kitchen knives and struggled with Hunter. The intruder wound up dead with a stab wound to his chest. Prosecutors say it appears Ackerman and Hunter did not know each other, and that the stabbing was justified.

"It is unlikely he would have been able to retreat, considering the aggressive actions of Mr. Hunter, with complete safety, even if he had been outside of his own home," Carlisle said. "Mr. Ackerman was justified in the use of deadly force to protect himself and his girlfriend."

The problem is the 25-year-old Ackerman still has a murder arrest on his record. The prosecutor's office has asked the state attorney general to have Ackerman's record be expunged.

"We have had cases where we have had it removed from people's records before," Carlisle said.

The medical examiner's office says the decedent had methamphetamine in his system.

"Gregory Hunter lost his life due to rage, delusions and paranoia caused by his own crystal methamphetamine intoxication," Carlisle said.

Police say Ackerman had no prior arrests, but the man who died had eight arrests on his record.