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Retrial begins for 2015 Big Island killing

February 23, 2019

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii (AP) — A retrial is under way for a Big Island man accused of killing his landlord.

West Hawaii Today reports there were opening statements Thursday in the trial against Eber Miranda-Garcia.

He and his brother were arrested in 2017 for the killing of Dolores “Lolo” Borja-Valle.

Eber and Marlon Miranda-Garcia were initially tried together last year. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

A trial date for the brother hasn’t been set.

Borja-Valle’s body was found in a Captain Cook coffee field in 2015. Deputy Prosecutor Sheri Lawson says he worked in the coffee field.

Lawson told jurors Eber Miranda-Garcia killed Borja-Valle by hitting him with rocks and some sort of sharp, pointy object at their Holualoa home. She says jurors will hear about how “Lolo’s lifeless body” was dumped.


Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com