Thursday, January 28, 1999

Hilo cops seek 3 in Ireland case

All-points bulletins are issued
due to 'new and unforeseen
developments' in the
baffling murder case

By Rod Thompson


HILO -- Police are seeking three men in connection with the 1991 murder of Big Island visitor Dana Ireland.

The information was contained in brief notations on the police daily bulletin of cases Tuesday, but did not mention Ireland by name.

Instead it referred to the 8-year-old number police use to identify the case.

The bulletin entries say only that police have issued all-points bulletins for the arrests of men 31, 35, and 37 years old.

Capt. Morton Carter said today the three bulletins were related to the Ireland case.

Three men were indicted for murder, kidnapping and rape in 1997 in connection with the Christmas Eve 1991 attack on Ireland while she walked with her bicycle on a country road in the Puna District.

Charges against two of them, brothers Shawn Schweitzer, 23, and Albert Ian Schweitzer, 27, were dismissed with minimal explanation last year.

Deputy Prosecutor Charlene Iboshi told Judge Riki May Amano only that the action was due to "new and unforeseen developments."

Charges still stand for the third suspect, Frank Pauline Jr., 25, whose trial is set for March 1.

A hearing on Iboshi's request to reinstate a previously dismissed charge of murder by omission against Pauline, for failing to notify authorities that Ireland was injured, is to be heard by Amano tomorrow.

Pauline's attorney has said in court documents that an expert last year found dried sperm on bedsheets where Ireland lay dying.

The documents suggest the DNA of the sperm does not match DNA of the Schweitzers.

Pauline, who gave several conflicting confessions of being present at Ireland's murder, is not believed to have participated in raping her.

Carter couldn't give details of the suspects or comment on what led to the all-points bulletins being called because of a gag order issued by Amano.

"I can't have any discussions with the media about the case," he said.

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