Defense argues a deadly 2016 Christmas night shooting at Ala Moana was an accident

Defense argues a deadly 2016 Christmas night shooting at Ala Moana was an accident

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A jury is deliberating to determine whether a young man intended to shoot and kill another man at Ala Moana Center in 2016 — or if it was all an accident.

Dae Han Moon, 20, is on trial for the deadly 2016 shooting that took the life of former Moanalua High School football player Stevie Feliciano.

Moon claims it was a mistake. Surveillance video from the center shows a fight allegedly broke out between Moon, Feliciano and other friends moments before the Christmas night shooting.

The defense argues that Moon used the gun to strike Feliciano in the head when it accidentally went off.

"Stevie died. And there is no making light of that or making fun of it. Nobody here wins in this situation. But what we're concerned about as the defense is that you folks just feel sad or sorry and say, 'Oh well he died, so somebody must pay for it,'" Defense Attorney Victor Bakke said in court Monday.

But the prosecution says the crime was intentional.

"It is factually impossible to have had the muzzle of the murder weapon pushed to the back of his head and discharged when the defense theory of the case is the defendant came down on the top," Prosecutor Scott Bell said.

Deliberations will continue Tuesday morning.

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