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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, April 26, 2002

Drugs, rejected sex advances linked to slaying of woman

By David Waite
Advertiser Courts Writer

A 37-year-old Kapahulu woman was killed in January because she rejected the sexual advances of her drug supplier and then made him apologize to her at gunpoint for exposing himself, according to documents filed yesterday in Circuit Court.

City Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter outlined what investigators believe led to Tracey Tominaga's slaying in the mountains above Makakilo on Jan. 21.

The chronology is contained in a request Van Marter filed with the court to have Jason K. Perry, 23, held without bail while awaiting trial on charges of murdering Tominaga and Edward Fuller.

Investigators believe that Fuller was shot Jan. 26 after Perry became concerned that Fuller might tell authorities what he knew about Tominaga's slaying.

According to the court papers Van Marter filed yesterday:

• Perry supplied crystal methamphetamine to Tominaga and was trying to start a sexual relationship with her, but she had a boyfriend and rejected Perry's advances. Perry persisted and eventually exposed himself to Tominaga, who took offense and asked a friend to intervene.

• Tominaga invited Perry to her Kapahulu home Jan. 18. When Perry arrived, Tominaga met him at the door. The two sat down and began talking when Tominaga's friend entered the room and pointed a shotgun at Perry's face. The friend then warned Perry about trying to pursue a sexual relationship with Tominaga and induced Perry to apologize.

• Before Perry left the house, Tominaga formed the impression that the matter had been resolved. But shortly after the incident, Perry met with a friend, Ryan Onuma, at a Waikiki hotel and was visibly upset. He told Onuma he wanted to kill Tominaga and the unknown person who held a shotgun to his face.

• Perry and a group of his friends looked for Tominaga and her friend for several days without success but finally found her at home Jan. 21. He tricked her into getting into his car and drove her to an area above Makakilo.

• Tominaga was beaten by a group of men for about 30 minutes and threatened with a gun while Perry demanded to know the name of the person who had pointed the shotgun at his face. Tominaga refused, but eventually gave Perry a fake name.

• After she provided the name, Perry used both hands to choke her. Tominaga's body was wrapped in a black tarp and carried down the side of a mountain and buried in a ravine. Her belongings and the tarp were later burned in Waimanalo by others who have been named along with Perry as defendants in the case.

Onuma has also been indicted by the Oahu grand jury in connection with Tominaga's murder. He is charged with criminal conspiracy, attempted first-degree assault and first-degree hindering prosecution,

A hearing on Van Marter's request to hold Perry without bail is set for Monday. He is being held in lieu of bail, which has been set at $5 million.