A 27-year-old Captain Cook man was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with the May 25 shooting death of a 46-year-old Kailua-Kona man.
Ioane Asagra will make his initial appearance Friday in Kona District Court. Bail is set at $550,000 pending the initial court appearance. He remained in custody at the Kealakehe Police Station as of press-time Thursday.
Asagra was extradited Wednesday afternoon to Kailua-Kona from Honolulu, where he had been recovering from burns allegedly suffered when he set the victim Joey Richmond’s car on fire after the shooting at the end of Keauhou-Kainaliu Beach Road, locally known as “End of the World.”
Asagra was taken into the custody of the Hawaii Police Department upon his arrival at Kona International Airport at Keahole and transported to the Kona Police Station. He was charged Thursday second-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with the May 25 incident.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. May 25, police responded to a report of an unresponsive man lying face-down on the ground at Keauhou-Kainaliu Beach Road, locally known as “End of the World.” Police told West Hawaii Today that a family fishing at the site had come upon the scene and reported it to police.
Witnesses reportedly saw a silver- or gray-colored BMW leaving the area at a high rate of speed and head south on the Mamalahoa Bypass at the time of the reported shooting.
Later, police responded to a report of a vehicle on fire off Highway 160. There, they found a silver BMW on fire.
An autopsy determined Richmond died of multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The manner of death was listed as homicide.
At the time of the shooting, Asagra was free on $500,000 bail in connection with a December home invasion.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Detective Kimmerlyn Makuakane-Jarrell at (808) 326-4646, ext. 262, via email at Kimmerlyn.Makuakane-Jarrell@hawaiicounty.gov, or the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311.