Man who fatally shot Ewa Beach neighbor re-indicted for manslaughter

Man who fatally shot Ewa Beach neighbor re-indicted for manslaughter
A judge ruled in May that the state will have a second chance at prosecuting the man who fatally shot a neighbor that mistakenly tried to enter his West Oahu home. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thursday a Grand Jury indicted a man who fatally shot a neighbor trying to enter his West Oahu home by mistake.

John Hasselbrink, 41, was killed after a night out drinking in April 2018.

His neighbor, Gregory Farr, faces manslaughter and firearm violations. Farr turned himself in to police on Friday without incident.

He was initially charged last year, however that case was dismissed in May when a judge ruled that several delays violated Farr’s right to a speedy trial.

At that time the judge decided they would be dismissed without prejudice, which gave the state another opportunity.

Hasselbrink’s sister, Pamela Kellermann, said an Uber driver dropped her brother off in his Ewa Beach neighborhood, where the townhouses look the same.

According to her, he usually left his door unlocked for a friend who sometimes crashed on the couch.

In court Farr’s family claimed they were in terror when a stranger tried to force open their door before 4 a.m.

Farr, whose ankle was in a cast, called out to the intruder but got no response, his attorney said.

Prosecutors insisted Farr acted recklessly, but his attorney claimed it was self-defense.

Farr’s bail is set at $50,000.

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