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Kaneohe Shooting Victim Identified, Suspects in Court

Benjamin Grajeda Benjamin Grajeda
William Freeman William Freeman
Jerrico Lindsey Jerrico Lindsey
William Harrison William Harrison

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Two men arrested in connection with an execution style killing in Kaneohe make their first appearance in a Honolulu courtroom.

Court documents suggest the argument that led to the murder may have involved a woman. And after days without a confirmed identity, we now know the name of the man who was gunned down.

Donning matching jumpsuits, two men accused of a brazen attack stand before a judge. Jerrico Lindsey is charged with murder, terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses in the shooting death of a man, in front of horrified witnesses, on Kaneohe Bay Drive Monday night.

"The evidence they've given us today is fairly sketchy," William Harrison, Lindsey's attorney, said. "What they're indicating is, is that he was in the location of the alleged shooting, and a third party had indicated that he had asked for a ride. But that's about the extent of it."

William Freeman is charged with kidnapping and hindering prosecution.

Police say Lindsey, Freeman and a third man snatched the victim, Benjamin Grajeda, from a house in Kaneohe. Court papers say Lindsey is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who was with the victim at the time of the kidnapping.

"I've spoken to him very briefly about the matter," Harrison said. "And we haven't gone into detail about any of the facts of the case. All I know is probably what you know and what this affidavit says."

Investigators say Grajeda was trying to escape from his captors, when Lindsey opened fire on him. The 27-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen.

"I can't tell you what his position is on the matter, other than he is going to enter a plea of not guilty," Harrison said.

Seven years ago, Lindsey was accused of a double homicide in Alabama. Those charges were dropped.

Now, he and Freeman are locked up in Honolulu. Bail for each is set at $3 million.

"The bail in these types of cases are generally not that high," Harrison said. "So in terms of excessive bail, I believe it is excessive."

A preliminary hearing for Lindsey and Freeman is scheduled for Monday.

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