CRIME

4 Indicted In Slaying Of 65-Year-Old Man, Including His Ex-Girlfriend

Police say the victim booted his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend a week before he was slain.

A Hawaii grand jury on Wednesday indicted four people in the June shooting death of a 65-year-old man, including his ex-girlfriend. 

The ex-girlfriend, Anjelita L. Rasa, 26, and her new boyfriend, Shaun Branco-Taguchi, 29, were charged with second-degree murder in the June 24 killing of William Aki, who was found in a pool of  blood in his central Oahu home, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Shane K. Rodrigues, 30, was charged with being an accomplice to murder, illegal firearm possession and arson. Jessica A. Samson, 26, was charged with arson.

From left to right: Branco-Taguchi, Rasa, Rodrigues, and Samson
From left to right: Branco-Taguchi, Rasa, Rodrigues, and Samson

Police discovered Aki's body after finding his BMW engulfed in flames outside Makua cave on the west side of the island.

Rasa had been living with Aki, but he had kicked her out a week before he was slain, according to news station KITV. Aki often allowed homeless people to stay in his house, his family told police, and investigators quickly suspected the crime was committed by someone he knew.

Rasa confessed her involvement in the slaying after DNA evidence implicated her, according to police documents. The police affidavit quoted Aki's daughter as saying that Rasa was using "her dad for money, a place to live, his car and drugs."

KITV reported that Branco-Taguchi, Rasa's current boyfriend, shot Aki with a gun supplied by Rodrigues -- his cousin. All four suspects took part in burning Aki's car, according to the deputy prosecutor.

A judge set bail for Rasa, Branco-Taguchi, and Rodrigues at $1 million each. Samson's bail was set at $25,000.

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