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Testifying during Day 2 of the Kealoha trial, Dru Akagi said he thought it was a “conflict” to take on a theft case in which his boss the police chief was an alleged victim.
Opening statements kicked off one of the largest public corruption cases in Hawaii history Wednesday, the first of what could be three trials facing the former HPD chief and his prosecutor wife.
Haleck was killed in 2015 after a scuffle with Honolulu police officers. A lawsuit filed against three officers is now going to trial.
Hawaii News Now reporter Lynn Kawano had said the move to call her to the stand was retaliation for her prior coverage.
Lynn Kawano of Hawaii News Now says in court records that the Kealohas are trying to stop her from covering the trial because of her investigative reports.
The prosecution and defense will now work to narrow the list of potential jurors to 12, which could take up to 10 days.
Dozens of police officers and other former officials, including the past head of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, are set to testify as well.
He plans to work as a consultant in the private sector.