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Bail set at $1M each for suspects in deadly Ala Moana assault

One man has been arrested in connection with a killing in the Ala Moana area. (Image: Hawaii...
One man has been arrested in connection with a killing in the Ala Moana area. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Published: Aug. 29, 2018 at 9:41 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 2, 2018 at 3:26 PM HST
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Chu Lun Aiona. (Image: HPD)
Chu Lun Aiona. (Image: HPD)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two suspects have been charged with second degree murder following a deadly assault near Ala Moana last week, according to police.

Bail for both men is set at $1 million.

The victim, a 49-year-old homeless man, was assaulted at a bus stop on Kapiolani Boulevard Boulevard near Atkinson Drive around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim was found unresponsive with apparent injuries to his upper body, Emergency Medical Services officials said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Convicted felon Chu Lun Aiona, 39, turned himself in to police and was arrested in connection with the crime. Aiona was once praised by a judge as a "rare success story."

Just last year, Aiona earned early release from probation for good behavior.

His attorney told a Big Island judge that his client had turned his life around after moving to Oahu, had a job and planned to move to Seattle.

Honolulu police also later arrested the second suspect, who is identified as 36-year-old Nicholas Payne.

Both suspects remain in HPD custody.

This story may be updated.

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