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Posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 12:55 PM HST

Testimony: Hilo homicide defendant 'malingering'

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) A court-appointed psychologist says a Big Island man accused of double-homicide is either faking or exaggerating his mental illness in an attempt to be found unfit for trial.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported yesterday that Tom Cunningham testified at a hearing that he believes Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto is "malingering."

Matsumoto is charged in the February shooting deaths of his 45-year-old girlfriend and her 74-year-old mother at their Hilo home.

Cunningham and psychiatrist Andrew Bisset find that Matsumoto is fit for trial. However, psychiatrist Henry Yang has testified previously that Matsumoto suffers from "substance-induced psychotic disorder" that renders him unfit for trial.

Closing arguments in Matsumoto's mental fitness proceedings are scheduled for Jan. 17.

Matsumoto is being held without bail.



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