Response to a Murder Suspect's Confession - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Response to a Murder Suspect's Confession

Sistine Rangamar Sistine Rangamar

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A man awaiting trial in a Honolulu murder case makes a shocking confession. Now, the attorney for his co-defendant responds.

A letter triggered the on-camera murder confession, a letter of apology that Sistine Rangamar sent to KHNL News 8.

"I would like to take this time to sincerely, in my heart, apologize," he read.

The 27-year-old now admits he was involved in the kidnapping, robbery and killing of 58-year-old Ted Arifuku in a studio apartment on Kapiolani Boulevard January 15th.

"I was driven by the drug," he said.

Curtis Brooks is the co-defendant in the case. Rangamar claims Brooks was the mastermind.

"He planned everything about robbing him," Rangamar said. "But he never mentioned anything about, you know, murder."

He says his blood was at the murder scene not because he committed the murder, but because he says Brooks assaulted him after attacking Arifuku.

"I figure he had taken blood from me while I was unconscious and spread it on the face of the old man and on the rope that he had used on, for tie the old man," Rangamar said.

The newborn Christian says he's ready to take responsibility for his actions.

"I was involved in the murder of the victim," he said.

Brooks' attorney, Bill Jameson, told KHNL News 8, "Mr. Brooks took a polygraph, identified Rangamar as the murderer, and passed the polygraph. Mr. Rangamar can also take a polygraph if he wants."

Prosecutors wouldn't comment on the case Wednesday.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Saturday, September 22 2018 4:04 AM EDT2018-09-22 08:04:15 GMT

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. She filed suit to get a Japanese hula operator to stop using her choreography without permission. According to NHK, a judge in Osaka district court ruled Thursday that hand movements in hula express lyrics, show originality and may be copyrighted. "I'm very very happy not just for myself, but that our story can help other...

    More >>

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. She filed suit to get a Japanese hula operator to stop using her choreography without permission. According to NHK, a judge in Osaka district court ruled Thursday that hand movements in hula express lyrics, show originality and may be copyrighted. "I'm very very happy not just for myself, but that our story can help other...

    More >>
  • Woman stabs 5 - including newborns - at New York nursery

    Woman stabs 5 - including newborns - at New York nursery

    Friday, September 21 2018 7:50 AM EDT2018-09-21 11:50:04 GMT
    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:43 AM EDT2018-09-22 07:43:53 GMT
    Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens. (Source: WABC/CNN)Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens. (Source: WABC/CNN)

    Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens.

    More >>

    Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens.

    More >>
  • Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Friday, September 21 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-09-21 22:20:29 GMT
    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:23 AM EDT2018-09-22 07:23:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
Powered by Frankly