Retrial ends in Kona hotel beating case

Wesley Samoa appears in Circuit Court Tuesday on the second day of trial for the attempted murder of a hotel security guard. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Natisha Tautalatasi enters a not guilty plea to attempted murder in the beating of a hotel security guard Friday in Circuit Court. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Two defendants originally convicted of the attempted murder of a security guard at the Kona Seaside Hotel are free after a jury found them guilty of lesser offenses in a retrial that concluded Wednesday.