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Posted at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Grand jury indicts five in Christmas Eve killing

By William Cole
Advertiser Courts Writer

An O‘ahu grand jury today returned an indictment charging Eric K. Vance and four others in connection with the Christmas Eve robbery and murder of Kan‘eohe liquor store owner Song Chol Marshall.

Vance, 31, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and ownership or possession of any firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of certain crimes, authorities said.

Additionally, Albert R. Hoapili Jr., 33; Gabriel Apilando, 30; James K. Hoapili, 28, and Shelden Barques, 31, were charged with first-degree robbery. The charge carries a prison term of up to 20 years upon conviction.

Authorities said Barques and Albert Hoapili Jr. also were charged with hindering prosecution, and Barques also was charged with second-degree criminal property damage.

Arrest warrants have been issued for all but Vance, who was held on $250,000 bond. Vance made an initial appearance Friday in Honolulu District Court.

A hearing to determine whether there was probable cause to hold Vance over for trial was scheduled for tomorrow. Today’s indictment sends the case to trial and cancels the hearing.

According to a police affidavit, the men were together in a car when they pulled into the parking lot of Angie’s Market on Christmas Eve at about 10 p.m. The men discussed a robbery, according to the affidavit, which states Vance walked over and shot Marshall, the store’s owner, as he was getting into his van.

Vance and the four others were arrested last week in connection with the killing of the 45-year-old Marshall, whose body was found in a dumpster in Waimanalo. He had been shot in the head.

The four men, who were released, now are being sought on arrest warrants, authorities said.

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