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Molokaʻi Man Indicted for Allegations of Murder in Mapulehu

December 12, 2014, 3:26 PM HST
* Updated December 12, 3:42 PM
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Jeffrey Kalani Davis. Photo courtesy Maui Police.

Jeffrey Kalani Davis. Photo courtesy Maui Police.

By Maui Now Staff

A Molokaʻi man was arrested on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, on the strength of a grand jury indictment for second degree murder in a case involving the the death of a 20-year-old resident earlier this year, police said.

Police say that under the indictment, Jeffrey Kalani Davis, 39, of Kaunakakai, was also arrested for carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, ownership or possession of a prohibited firearm, and place to keep a pistol or revolver.

An initial arrest of Davis was made a day following the alleged incident, but he was released pending further investigation.

Davis is currently being held in lieu of $1.2 million for the indictment.

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The indictment stems from an incident that occurred on May 20, 2014, involving the death of Koshari Kahikili, 20, of Mapulehu, Molokaʻi.

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According to police reports, Kahikili was found motionless on a dirt roadway near Mile 15 of the Kamehameha Highway in Mapulehu.

Police say his body was discovered by a passing moped operator.

Officers, medics, and fire personnel responded to the scene, but were unable to revive the man and pronounced him dead at the scene, according to police reports.

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Police say an investigation revealed that the male individual sustained an apparent head injury.

Police classified the incident as a suspicious death.

Police today said an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division on Molokaʻi revealed that Davis was involved.

A Facebook page, In loving memory of Koshari Nalu Kahikili Waits was published in May following the incident as a way for friends and family remember Koshari through messages and photographs.

***Wendy Osher contributed to this report.

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