25 year-old Chito K. Asuncion of Kona pleaded “Guilty” to two charges of Murder in the Second Degree as well as two charges of Assault in the First Degree in relation to two separate murder incidents occurring in Kona and two separate Hilo knife stabbing incidents.
On August 28, 2023, Asuncion appeared in Kona Circuit Court where he entered “Guilty” pleas to two charges of Murder in the Second Degree (knowingly caused the deaths of Boyd Maygra on June 7, 2022 and Brian Macaulay on May 17, 2022) and two charges of Assault in the First Degree (knowingly caused serious bodily injury to both Gary Nakagawa on May 25, 2022 and Alice Coleman on May 30, 2022).
Asuncion was ordered to appear for sentencing on November 23. He remains in custody having previously been denied bail.
Murder in the Second Degree carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole while assault in the First Degree carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.
The investigations were initiated by Kona and South Hilo Patrol, and the felony investigation was handled by Detective Tyler Prokopec, Area II Criminal Investigation Section, and members of the Area I and II Criminal Investigation Sections, Hawai‘i Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chase Murray.
Photo credit: Hawaiʻi County Prosecuting Attorney