Related topics

No Bail In Slaying Of Fernandez’s Father-In-Law

October 1, 1996

HONOLULU (AP) _ A man charged with shooting the father-in-law of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Sid Fernandez was ordered held without bail Monday by a federal judge.

Duane Staggs is charged with murder in the shooting death Saturday of Don Michael Gillis.

Gillis, 52, was an engineering supervisor at Hawaiian Dredging Co., where Staggs worked as a carpenter, a company spokeswoman said. Staggs, 29, was suspended recently for reasons the spokeswoman wouldn’t disclose.

Gillis was sitting in his pickup truck with Staggs’ wife, Malia, around 1 a.m. Saturday after a company party when Staggs allegedly pulled up and fired four shots from a rifle into Gillis’ truck.

The shooting occurred in the parking area near the Arizona memorial, where Hawaiian Dredging had just held a party. The FBI is handling the case because Pearl Harbor is federal property.

Staggs was arrested after he called police and said he wanted to surrender, FBI agent John Picus said.

An attorney for Gillis denied Monday that the victim was romantically linked to Staggs’ wife.

``I just don’t believe that some kind of romance or illicit affair is part of the circumstances,″ attorney Stacy Moniz said.

Gillis worked at Hawaiian Dredging for more than 20 years and was a weightlifter who set a U.S. record for his age group in March at the USPF National Bench Press Championship in Portland, Ore.

Update hourly