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Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Homicide Detective Roland Takasato testified yesterday in Honolulu District Court that Strong admitted to slapping, punching and shaking Reis, 60.
Benjamin Lactod, a friend who had accompanied Strong that evening to the Ahiahi Street home, told Takasato he saw Strong slap the sleeping Reis awake and then yelling and assaulting him. Lactod also said Strong punched Reis, picked him up, threw him down and kicked him once.
Lactod told police he tried to stop Strong by pulling him back, but they scuffled and when Lactod fell back, he felt his leg snap, Takasato said.
Reis, who was homeless, apparently was living in the abandoned house with no running water or electricity with his former girlfriend, Antoinette Tuituu, her current boyfriend and her son.
Tuituu, who had a on-again, off-again relationship with Reis over four years, described him as an abusive alcoholic who had threatened her in the past with scissors, a screwdriver and a gun.
She left him four months ago, but she allowed him to stay at the home.
She testified that she, Reis, Strong and two other females had been drinking at her Kalihi Valley home that night when she went to use the bathroom. When she returned, Strong was punching Reis, who had been sleeping on a mattress in the kitchen.
She did nothing to stop Strong or call for help because he told her not to say anything and because she felt afraid, she said.
During questioning by Cliff Hunt, Strong's attorney, a medical examiner said Reis had a blood-alcohol level at the hospital of 0.224 -- nearly three times the limit for driving under the influence. Acute alcohol intoxication is also listed as a cause of Reis' death, the medical examiner said.
District Judge Edwin Nacino sent the case to Circuit Court. Strong will be arraigned on July 5. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail.