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3rd person indicted in Ala Moana beating death in 2018

Nicholas Payne and Chu Lun Aiona were both indicted for the 2018 beating death of Joey Nguyen.
Nicholas Payne and Chu Lun Aiona were both indicted for the 2018 beating death of Joey Nguyen.
Updated: May. 9, 2019 at 5:41 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A third person was indicted on Wednesday in the brutal beating death of a homeless man on Oahu, Honolulu police said.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Catherine Laumea.

Laumea was arrested around 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Community Correctional Center, where she was already in custody for separate crimes.

Authorities said Laumea was at the scene when 49-year-old Joey Nguyen was severely beaten by two men for over half an hour in an abandoned building on Kapiolani Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2018.

The victim was found unconscious at a nearby bus stop and died shortly after.

Two men, Nicholas Payne and Chu Lun Aiona, were indicted in September.

Last month, Aiona agreed to plead guilty and testify against Payne.

Laumea’s indictment said her actions led to Nguyen’s death by hurting him and/or not calling for assistance.

Laumea’s bail is set at $1 million.

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