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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:44 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2006

Man found guilty of attempted murder, other charges

By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer

A jury yesterday found a 40-year-old Chinatown man guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping and terroristic threatening during a 14-hour ordeal that started with the man arguing with his wife.

William Alston was found guilty of four counts of kidnapping as well as the attempted murder and threatening charges. The jury found him not guilty of three sexaul-assault charges.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 13. Judge Dexter Del Rosario granted city prosecutor Peter Carlisle's request to revoke Alston's bail.

Defense attorney Nelson Goo said he didn't see a need for the bail revocation since Alston already was being held at Halawa prison and had not been able to post the existing bail.

The charges stem from a bizarre incident that began at about 2 a.m. May 2 of last year at Alston's 18th-floor apartment with Alston arguing with his wife. William Swann testified that he was stabbed and set on fire by Alston after he tried to break up the couple's argument. Swann said Alston threatened to kill him, then tied up him, Alston's wife, a 50-year-old woman and Cliff Marable.

Carlisle said the ordeal ended after Alston let his wife go to buy juice and candy for the diabetic Marable and crack cocaine and she told police what was going on.

Reach Robbie Dingeman at rdingeman@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2429.