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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:19 p.m.., Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Grand jury indicts 3 on murder charges in cyclist case

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Staff Writer

Three Wai'anae men were indicted by the O'ahu grand jury today with murder charges in connection with the beating of a bicyclist Sept. 1.

Julius F. Mitchell, 35, Lugavai L. Momoe, 32, and Dillion K. A. Lepolo, 22, are charged with the murder of Roger Haudenshild, 46, who was beaten in the parking lot of the Wai'anae Market.

The beating occurred after a traffic incident with Lepolo, according to police.

City Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha told Circuit Judge Derrick Chan that Haudenshild died of a heart attack caused by the trauma of being beaten.

She asked Chan to increase the bail for all three men.

"The community feels intimidated by these individuals," Kealoha told the judge.

The three were being held on $100,000 bail each, but Chan granted Kealoha's request to increase the amount and set bail at $1 million for Mitchell. Kealoha said Mitchell has a felony criminal record in state courts and was on federal supervisory release in a drug case, according to the prosecutor.

Chan set bail at $500,000 each for Momoe and Lepolo.

The indictment sends the case to trial.

The three will be arraigned later at which time they are expected to plead not guilty and get a trial date.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.