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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Judge rejects defense request to disqualify himself

Advertiser Staff

Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario on Wednesday denied a defense motion to disqualify himself from the trial of accused child killer Matthew Higa.
The motion was filed by Higa lawyer Randall Oyama.

A portion of Oyama’s motion was based on his mistaken belief that Del Rosario was responsible for rulings in another case in which Oyama is also the defense attorney, the judge said Wednesday.
In fact, the rulings were made by another judge because Del Rosario was on vacation at the time, explained Del Rosario.
The murder trial of Higa will be a non-jury trial and Del Rosario will preside over the case, which is set to begin Monday morning.
Higa allegedly threw 23-month-old toddler Cyrus Belt from a freeway overpass into oncoming traffic in January 2008.
Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle is personally presenting the case against Higa.