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Man Charged With Murdering Sheriff Testifies

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A man accused of killing a state sheriff at a Honolulu bar earlier this year took the witness stand in his own defense Wednesday.

Patrick Lorenzo, who's charged in the case as John Lorenzo, testified two men gave him a gun and a bullet-proof vest, and ordered him to go into the Osake Sushi Bar and Lounge and extort money from the owners.

He says he never meant for anyone to get hurt that day.

Lorenzo took the stand as the final witness for the defense.

Through tears, he told jurors he had to comply with the men's demands because he owed them drug money, and they threatened to harm him and his family.

Prosecutors say the defendant stormed into Osake after hours, and held up the workers at gunpoint. Deputy sheriff Daniel Browne-Sanchez, who worked at the bar part-time, was fatally shot.

"He was on me, and he was pulling and trying to take the gun away and stuff like that," Lorenzo testified. "And I don't know, just the gun went off."

"There's no way that I could even imagine I would hurt somebody with a gun," the defendant said.

Two bartenders, who were outside Osake at the time of the shooting, testified they saw two men looking into the bar through the window. They say the men disappeared when police arrived.

Attorneys are expected to deliver their closing arguments Friday.

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