2nd-degree murder conviction in Honolulu shootings
HONOLULU (AP) -- A jury on Thursday convicted a Wahiawa man of second-degree murder after authorities say he went on a shooting rampage through Honolulu in 2011, killing a mother of 10 and wounding two other people as he opened fire on multiple motorists.
Jurors deliberated for about 13 hours over three days in the case of Toby Stangel. They also found him guilty of reckless endangerment counts but failed to reach verdict on three drug charges.
Stangel opened fire at an intersection in the early-morning hours of June 3, 2011, killing 54-year-old Tammy Nguyen of Honolulu, authorities said. He then shot and wounded two more people on a freeway and fired at two police officers who were ticketing racing drivers.
Defense attorney John Schum didn't dispute that Stangel committed the shootings. He argued instead that his client lacked the "state of mind" to prove intent, a necessary factor for a conviction of murder or attempted murder.
Schum told jurors during closing arguments that Stangel's actions were more in line with reckless endangerment. Stangel didn't testify at trial.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Nadamoto argued in his closing that Stangel wasn't merely reckless, but intended to kill when he fired multiple shots.
Police have said the 17-minute shooting spree started when Stangel got out of his car and walked up to vehicles stopped at the intersection. There, he shot and killed Nguyen, a mother of 10 who was in a minivan with her 16-year-old daughter.
He then proceeded to the H-1 freeway, where he shot Amie Lou Asuncion in the shoulder, authorities said. Samson Naupoto was shot when he stopped to help Asuncion.
Authorities said Stangel also fired at others, including the two police officers, but they were uninjured. None of the victims knew the suspect.
Prosecution witnesses included Asuncion, Naupoto and Tammy Nguyen's daughter Cindy Nguyen, who said she was in the passenger seat of her family's minivan when her mother was shot in the head.
Asuncion recalled running across the freeway after being shot in the back while driving, then hiding in some plants because she feared the shooter was following her. Naupoto testified that he was driving along the freeway when he saw Asuncion running across the lanes. He said he was shot in his right thigh.
Records show Stangel has five misdemeanor convictions dating to 2002, including criminal property damage and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and one year of probation for criminal property damage in 2006.
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