Man Accused Of Fatal Ewa Stabbing Appears In Court

Documents Say Defendant Bought Knife, Attacked Within 5 Minutes

 UPDATED 10:59 PM HST Mar 01, 2009
HONOLULU -

The man accused of stabbing a teacher to death at a shopping center in Ewa Beach made his first appearance in the case in court on Monday morning.

There still appears to be no connection between the suspect and victim, who was a teacher at Waianae High School, according to investigators.

Police arrested Tittleman Fauatea, 25, shortly after he allegedly killed Asa Yamashita, 43, at the Ewa Town Center Friday afternoon.

Within a span of five minutes Fauatea bought a foot-long kitchen knife at the Longs store at the shopping center, walked off without his change and then repeatedly stabbed Yamashita, according to court documents.

Fauatea is being held on $500,000 bail. Some of his family members attended Monday's court hearing. No one wanted to speak to the media about the case.

Yamashita was married and had two young daughters.

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