Suspect charged in fatal shooting
By Suzanne Roig
Advertiser Staff Writer
Police yesterday charged a 33-year-old man with murder in the second degree in last week's fatal shooting outside a karaoke bar off Ke'eaumoku Street.
In court documents filed with the arrest of Phillip DeJesu Deleon, police said that Deleon allegedly shot at one of the witnesses who was in the parking lot during the shooting at 4:19 a.m. Friday.
Deleon was being held yesterday in lieu of $2 million bail on charges of murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, reckless endangering in the first degree and a charge of "place to keep pistol or revolver." He will make his initial appearance in court today.
Deleon faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of all charges, officials said.
At the time of the incident, witnesses said they were leaving with the victim, Shawn Powell, 35, when Deleon allegedly fired three shots into the ground and then approached Powell. Deleon allegedly "raised his arm and fired one round directly at Powell's chest," according to court records.
A preliminary autopsy revealed that Powell was shot in the heart and suffered massive blood loss. Then Deleon fired a round toward one of the witnesses as he was running from the shooting.
Police previously said the victim and Deleon had gotten into an argument in the parking lot. Court records do not say why Deleon allegedly shot at the men.
Deleon was arrested Friday night before boarding a Delta flight at Honolulu International Airport. He was ticketed for a flight that departed at 9:50 p.m.
Deleon has a police record of a felony and misdemeanor crimes from Washington.