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JURY TRIAL

John Kanui
KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii — Jury trial is set to open Wednesday for two men and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with the brutal assault of a Kailua Village hotel security guard last fall. Wesley Samoa, Natisha Tautalatasi and Lama Lauvao have each pleaded not guilty to a single charge...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While all of the government's witnesses have testified that the driver of the red truck that took police on a high speed chase in late Dec. 2017 was Manu Lefatia, two defense witnesses told jurors that they played pool with Lefatia at his residence in Puapua from 5 pm...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase back in Dec. 2017 began yesterday in High Court. Manu Lefatia, who has been in custody without bail since his arrest Jan. 2018 is charged with first-degree...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Folasa Galea’i was found guilty this past Wednesday afternoon of vehicular homicide, after jurors deliberated for 2 1/2 hours. Vehicular homicide is a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Galea’i, 26, didn’t react...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government called 3 witnesses during Day 1 of Folasa Galeai’s jury trial, and one of them was the wife of the deceased — also the only eyewitness — who told jurors that at the time of the accident, the defendant’s vehicle was flying towards theirs. Galea’i, who is...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A High Court jury has found Sonny Tui not guilty of two drug charges: unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. This was after a third charge — authorizing illegal drugs into the territory — was...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Day 2 of Sonny Tui's jury trial saw the first witness for the defense take the stand —± the defendant himself. The prosecution had called all four of its witnesses on the first day. Tui, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $40,000 surety bond, is...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the trial of a man accused of bringing illegal drugs into the territory began yesterday in High Court. Sonny Tui, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $40,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful...
Thomas Siaumau escorted by Chief of Police Cmdr. Foifua Foifua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Thomas Siaumau was found guilty Wednesday afternoon for shooting at a police vehicle on the night of Dec.14, 2017 after a jury of 4 females and 2 males deliberated for less than an hour before returning with a verdict. The jury found Siaumau guilty of all 8 counts...
Associate Justice Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has dismissed the most serious charge against Thomas Siaumau, which is first-degree attempted murder. However, he denied the defense's motion to dismiss counts 3 & 5 — first degree property damage and unlawful possession of a prohibited...

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