Hawaii man found guilty in deadly Christmas Day shooting

September 20, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of a deadly shooting outside a Honolulu shopping center on Christmas Day has been found guilty.

A jury convicted Dae Han Moon on Tuesday of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the death of 20-year-old Stevie Feliciano in 2016.

Moon, 22, shot Feliciano in the back of the head following a fight inside the parking garage of Ala Moana Center, authorities said. Feliciano died a few days later.

“We did it. We got justice for Stevie,” his mother Fiti Feliciano said following the hearing. “I know we’re not going to get him back but this is it. Now it’s time to move on.”

Defense attorney Victor Bakke claimed the gun went off accidentally when Moon used it to hit Feliciano on the head.

“My client hit Mr. Feliciano in the head with a gun. He did not point it at him and shoot him,” Bakke said. “He hit him with it and the gun went off. It was an accident. The jury didn’t buy that. That’s what it is.”

Prosecutors said the defense’s explanation of the shooting was “factually impossible.”

Moon is scheduled to be sentenced in December.