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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, February 5, 2010

Jury convicts man of murder in 2007 shooting in Pāhoa

Advertiser Staff

A Big Island jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder for a fatal shooting in 2007.

Malaki McBride was 17 years old when he killed Tyrone Torres in Nānānawale Estates in Pāhoa.

Defense lawyer Kay Iopa said McBride was under extreme mental and emotional distress when he shot Torres. She asked the jury to convict her client of the lesser offense of manslaughter.

Prosecutors portrayed McBride as someone in control of himself as he methodically searched for Torres so he could kill him. The defense said McBride had no plan and was only searching for his girlfriend, Adri Sabaratnam.

After the shooting, McBride drove Sabaratnam's car to Wa'a Wa'a and set fire to the vehicle with Torres' body inside.