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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 6:13 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2006

'Mayhem' Miller acquitted of burglary, assault

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Staff Writer

Professional mixed-martial arts fighter Jayson "Mayhem" Miller was acquitted this afternoon of kicking open the locked door of his girlfriend's Nu'uanu apartment and assaulting the man there.

A Circuit Court jury deliberated for several hours following a 2 1/2-day trial before finding Miller not guilty of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage.

Miller, 25, was accused of breaking into the apartment at about 6 a.m. Dec. 16 last year and assaulting Casey Hewes, who was at the residence.

The prosecution contended that Miller was probably drunk when kicked the door because he suspected Catherine Tanaka was with another man and he wanted to "hurt whoever he found in there."

But Miller's defense was that he didn't know anyone was with his girlfriend and he kicked the door to wake her after she didn't answer him knocking on the door for about 25 minutes.

Miller did not attack Hewes and tried several times to leave, but Hewes kept grabbing him, his defense lawyer David Hayakawa said.

If convicted of first-degree burglary, Miller could have faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.