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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Boy's father indicted in 1995 murder

By David Waite
Advertiser Courts Writer

An O'ahu man has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his 3 year-old son more than six years ago.

The indictment, returned Wednesday by an O'ahu grand jury, accuses Raymond Herring of causing the death of Jacob Herring-Kamaka.

Jim Fulton, spokesman for the Honolulu prosecutor's office, said the boy was staying with his father at a home on Wai'anae Valley Road between April 5 and 7, 1995, when he was taken to the Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

The boy was transferred to Kapi'olani Medical Center and died two days later, Fulton said. The medical examiner concluded that death was caused by blunt-force trauma to the head.

Fulton said the Herring case was one of several child deaths brought to the attention of Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle shortly after Carlisle was elected to office. Based on a review of the case by specialists in the study of child deaths, the indictment was sought against the boy's father.

Bail for Herring was set at $100,000.

Reach David Waite at 525-8030 or dwaite@honoluluadvertiser.com.