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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, January 4, 2010

Alcohol blamed in death


By John Windrow
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Police found a critically wounded gunshot victim inside suspect Chadwick Tadly's Waipahu apartment. The victim later died.

REBECCA BREYER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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WAIPAHU The man charged with murder in the death of a 22-year-old man shot New Year's Day in Waipahu was a problem tenant and heavy drinker who threw raucous parties and attracted a bad crowd to his Leolua Street apartment complex, the building manager said yesterday.

Police have charged Chadwick Tadly, 37, with second-degree murder in the death of the unidentified man who was found lying in a pool of blood inside Tadly's apartment. The victim later died at a hospital.

Bail was set at $1 million for Tadly, who is scheduled to make his first appearance in District Court today. Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center records show Tadly has five convictions, but do not specify what they were for.

The building manager lives one floor beneath Tadly's apartment in the three-level cinderblock Kunia Palms apartment complex at 94-010 Leolua St., next to H-1 Freeway.

The manager, a 67-year-old, retired Honolulu firefighter and a former Hono- lulu Police reserve officer, asked not to be identified because of the violent nature of the crime. He said he has been managing the Kunia Palms property, which consists of 129 units in seven buildings, for three months.

The manager said Tadly had told him his name was Chadwick Williams and that his nickname was "Long Hair."

"When he's sober he's a nice guy," the manager said, "but when he was drinking he got out of control. There were loud parties every Friday and Saturday night. He had a job in the shipyards and his buddies would show up. There would be drinking in the street and on the sidewalk, sometimes fighting."

He said that most of the people living in the Kunia Palms units "are good people, family people. But Chad was out of control."

The manager said he tries to settle domestic disputes and other problems at the apartment complex on his own. He had been writing Tadly up for violations in an effort to collect enough documentation to have him evicted.

"I try to handle everything peacefully and safely and not call the police unless I absolutely have to," he said.

On the day of the shooting, he said, "There was no way anyone could have heard the gunshot (because) there were so many fireworks that night and the next day. It was like Iraq."

Police said they went to the apartment Friday after receiving a call from a woman who said someone had been shot in a Leolua Street apartment.

Officers arrived before 7 a.m. and looked through the locked iron grill screen door to Tadly's apartment, the manager said.

"The police saw him (the victim) lying on the floor right inside the door and they broke in," the manager said.

The manager said officers went inside and found the bedroom door locked. They broke into the bedroom and found Tadly lying on a bed and two teenage men in the room.

"They led all three of them out in handcuffs," the manager said. "Why would you stay in the apartment with the body there?"

Tadly and the other two men, ages 17 and 18 were arrested at about 6:43 a.m.

Police said yesterday that no one else has been charged in the case.

The damage to the door at apartment 302 was clearly visible yesterday. A blue-and-white beer cooler sat outside the door with writing on it that said: "This belongs to Long Hair. Long Hair no care."

The manager said the Kunia Palms apartment buildings have 16 surveillance cameras on the property. After viewing the tapes, detectives searched Tadly's car, a dark green Toyota Camry that was parked in stall 302 yesterday, the manager said.

About a month ago, men drinking in the street got involved in a fight, he said.

"One had a gun and one had a baseball bat."

A shot was fired and a bullet went through the window of an apartment across the courtyard, the manager said.

Elsie Kim, 79, lives in the apartment and yesterday showed the hole where the bullet went through her front window and lodged in her rear kitchen wall.

"It was a gang fight, we were asleep," she said. "My son gave the bullet to the detective."

She said most of the people who live in the apartment complex are good, but she is becoming afraid.

"This has got to stop," Kim said.

The manager told The Advertiser yesterday: "Please put this in your story. I hope people learn that alcohol is the real devil in all this. People do things they wouldn't do if they were in their right minds."