Woman says she saw death of friend on Molokai

Lavoie, 33, was institutionalized in Alaska, according to police

Published  3:02 PM HST Mar 28, 2013
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

A 33-year-old man whom police say was institutionalized in Alaska is now accused of fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend in Hawaii.

The Maui News says Marlin Lavoie of Molokai is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Malia Kahalewai in Molokai.

The victim's friend, Nicole Aea, testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that Kahalewai was sitting on a porch when Lavoie returned and shot her.

Aea said the shooting occurred after Kahalewai repeatedly told Lavoie to leave.

At the hearing, Maui police Detective Jeffery Mahoney said Lavoie had indicated he was "reportedly diagnosed as bipolar." Mahoney said Lavoie reported he had been institutionalized in Alaska.

Further details on Lavoie's Alaska connection were not immediately available and Maui police did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

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