Suspect in 1977 Moiliili Murder Appears in Court

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A man accused of killing a shop owner 29 years ago makes his first court appearance in the case.

Fifty-year-old Melvin Kumukau pleaded not guilty via video teleconference from the Oahu Community Correctional Center Monday morning. Last week, an Oahu grand jury indicted him and 47-year-old Aaron Meyer on murder charges.

Meyer is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The men are suspected in the shooting death of 58-year-old Toshio Kawano. Investigators say Kawano was working at his Moiliili Bakery on September 26th, 1977, when he was gunned down in what appeared to be a botched robbery.

Kumukau is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. His trial is set for February.