The Hawaii Supreme Court today upheld the 2013 conviction of Vicente Hilario, who gunned down crime witness Aureo Moore at Anahola Beach Park.
The high court ruled there was no lower court error in the trial, which found Hilario guilty of killing Moore to prevent him from testifying against one of Hilario's friends, who had robbed Moore of drugs at gunpoint in the Safeway parking lot.
Prosecutor Justin Kollar did the oral arguments in front of the Surpreme Court.
Hilario was sentenced to life without parole. He has remained incarcerated pending his appeal, serving a 10-year sentence on a separate weapons charge.