Trial Set For Friends Charged With Manslaughter

Two Young Men Accused In Fatal Crash Plead Not Guilty In Court Today

 UPDATED 3:02 AM HST Aug 11, 2011

The trial for two young men accused of killing a boy while driving drunk and speeding has been scheduled for October.

The case puts the two friends on trial for manslaughter.

At the arraignment and plea hearing in Circuit Court on Thursday, Travis Murray was in court, while his friend, Herbert Kaio-Campbell appeared on closed circuit television. Kaio-Campbell was in custody at Oahu Community Correctional Center. He turned himself in to authorities last week.

Both pleaded not guilty on manslaughter charges in the death of Samuel Kassebeer.

Kassebeer, 11, was killed when the Honda apparently being driven by Kaio-Campbell slammed into his family's car as it was making a left turn into his driveway on Kalanianaole Highway, police said.

Police arrested Kaio-Campbell, who was 20 at the time, for drunken driving and negligent homicide.

"One thing I know my client does want to do more than anything is apologize to the Kassebeer family for what happened and for his involvement and if he could take back that night, he would," said Jeffrey Hawk, Kaio-Campbell's lawyer.

Just what happened early in the morning on July 25 remains unclear. But the attorney for Murray, 22, said his client was not racing with his friend.

"I don't know where that came from, but I think when the evidence comes out, it will be clear they weren't racing," said Michael Green, attorney for Murray.

Both attorneys describe their clients as good young men who come from good families.

Kaio-Campbell had been deemed a hero just two months prior to the crash for saving the life of a drowning woman in Makapuu. But now the men could be facing prison time if convicted.

"This young boy will live with this for the rest of his life. The family who lost their loved one will live with this for the rest of their lives. So there are no winners in this case," said Green.

Murray remains free on bail. Kaio-Campbell is being held at OCCC, unable to post his $75,000 bail.

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