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.