Second Suspect In 1977 Moiliili Murder Appears In Court

Toshio Kawano
Toshio Kawano

Dec 21, 2006 07:42 PM

By: Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) - The second of two men accused of killing a shop owner 29 years ago makes his first court appearance in the case.

Forty-seven-year-old Aaron Meyer pleaded not guilty via video teleconference from the Oahu Community Correctional Center Thursday morning. Last week, an Oahu grand jury indicted him and 50-year-old Melvin Kumukau on murder charges.

Kumukau pleaded not guilty during his court appearance earlier this week. Bail is set at $1 million each.

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.

Trial for both defendants is set for February.