Grand jury indicts suspect in fatal stabbing at state psychiatric facility
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old man in the fatal stabbing of a nurse at the state’s forensic psychiatric facility in Kaneohe.
Tommy Kekoa Carvalho was charged with one count of second-degree murder.
Police say Carvalho fatally stabbed Hawaii State Hospital nurse Justin Bautista, 29, on Monday night. Bautista was serving at a transitional group home on the hospital campus.
Bautista had moved into the group home earlier this year from the Hawaii State Hospital.
State Attorney General Anne Lopez announced the indictment Wednesday afternoon and offered condolences to the victim’s family, describing Bautista as a “public servant who was killed doing essential work for the people of Hawaii.”
Bautista’s brother called him a “gentle and kind soul with the biggest heart.”
He said he is survived by a fiance and a daughter, who just turned 1.
Carvalho, who is being held without bail, faces life behind bars with the possibility of parole.
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