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Court docs: Puna beating suspect walked into police station with murder weapon

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 10:21 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 22, 2020 at 10:22 PM HST
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PUNA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Newly released court documents said murder suspect Stanley Cummins mumbled that he acted in self defense.

The 51-year-old is accused of killing his tenant, Jace Ahquin, at their home on Opae Street in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision Saturday morning.

Court documents revealed that after the murder, Cummins later showed up at a police station holding a baseball bat, presumed to be the murder weapon.

Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins says Ahquin’s body was found inside the home. Court documents said that officers found him gasping for air. Police tried to save him, but he later died.

The victim was reportedly struck in the head with a baseball bat, police said.

A neighbor who knows the residents of the home said a violent altercation broke out. One of the witnesses was able to escape and eventually call for help.

Spencer Ah Nee lives nearby and said he was first alerted to the gruesome attack by the witness, who rushed to his house to call 911.

At first, Ah Nee didn’t believe what was happening and said there were no clear signs of tension between the suspect and victim in previous encounters.

“I never did hear no drama or nothing of them at all,” Ah Nee said. He described his relationship with the victim as highly close, calling him practically a family member.

Cummins is charged with 2nd degree murder. A judge confirmed his bail at $1 million.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Det. Wendall Carter at 808-961-2383 or wendell.carter@hawaiicounty.gov.

This story will be updated.

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