Shooting victim's wife testifies against accused killer

Desiree Ching
Desiree Ching

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu woman, whose husband was fatally shot in front of her last year, testified at the accused murderer's trial Monday.

In early 2007, Desiree Ching was living with her in-laws on Oahu's North Shore.

"It was my father-in-law. It was my husband, Dillon, and my son, Isaiah," she said through tears.

But everything changed that May.

Ching says she, her husband and their two-year-old son were heading home from a graduation party, when they came across a large group of people fighting in the street outside their Sunset Beach house.

"I woke my husband up, who was sleeping in the passenger seat, and I told him that there's something going on at dad's house and that his brothers were involved," Ching testified.

Dillon Ching, 30, went over to intervene. Desiree Ching says she heard a loud bang and saw a man with a gun, so she tried to warn her husband.

"I told them, 'Watch out, he has a gun. Watch out, he has a gun,'" she said. "Two shots go off."

"In what direction?" the prosecutor asked.

"Straight to my husband," she replied.

"I then looked at my husband, and he was already bleeding and coming towards me," she added.

Dustin Jimenez is charged with murder, terroristic threatening, reckless endangering and three firearms offenses. His attorney says Jimenez acted in self-defense, while under extreme emotional distress.

"Did you see Dillon make any move towards the shooter?" the prosecutor asked the victim's wife.

"No, I didn't," she replied.

The trial continues Tuesday.