Monday, March 10, 2003

Mark pleads
not guilty in
cop’s death

By Debra Barayuga

Shane Mark pleaded not guilty this morning to murder and other charges in the slaying of plainclothes police officer Glen Gaspar last week.

Mark entered the not-guilty plea in Circuit Court via video from the Oahu Community Correctional Center where he has been held since the fatal shooting. Mark, 28, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, two firearms offenses and two drug offenses.

Gaspar was shot as he and other officers tried to arrest Mark on several outstanding warrants at the Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Kapolei Shopping Center.

Mark also pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder in an unrelated Feb. 1 case, in which he is accused of shooting at two men, striking one in a dispute over a inoperable surveillance camera he received in exchange for $150 worth of methamphetamine.

Mark faces trial in Gaspar's killing on May 12. He is being held in lieu of $5 million cash- only bail in that case and an additional $2 million cash-only bail in the attempted murder case.

Also pleading not guilty today was Jessie Dutro, 19, who escaped from a Honolulu Police Department cell block Feb. 17 after jimmying the lock to his cell and using keys left unattended to unlock a door to freedom. He was in custody at the time for an alleged auto theft.

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