Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Alleged Tominaga murder
conspirator pleads not guilty

Ryan H. Onuma faces charges
of first-degree attempted assault

Star-Bulletin staff

A 30-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, first-degree attempted assault and hindering prosecution in connection with the murder of a 37-year-old Kapahulu woman, allegedly committed by Jason Perry.

Ryan H. Onuma, one of seven besides Perry charged in the case, was arraigned yesterday in Circuit Court. Onuma's attorney, Keith Kaneshiro, said he is not expected to post bail, which was confirmed at $150,000. He surrendered to police Monday.

Perry is charged with strangling Tracey Tominaga on Jan. 21, after having pursued her sexually, and then burying her body in a remote location above Makakilo. Tominaga was missing from Jan. 20 until her body was found by police April 2 in a shallow grave.

According to the document, Onuma called friends to meet them in Makakilo. He allegedly beat, punched, slapped, kicked and stomped Tominaga, along with Perry and the others.

After Onuma told Edward Fuller about the murder, Perry allegedly killed the 40-year-old by shooting him Jan. 26 on Jack Lane in Nuuanu.

Onuma's trial is set for July 1 before Judge Karen Ahn.

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