- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island inmate has been indicted for the murder of a local musician.

Police say an investigation linked Martin Frank Booth to the killing of a man whose family reported him missing after not hearing from him since Thanksgiving.

The remains of Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder were found in March in a vacant lot. The 37-year-old Kailua-Kona musician’s remains were identified through dental records. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

A grand jury indicted 55-year-old Booth Monday on one count of second-degree murder. He’s been at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center since February pending trial on charges including meth trafficking and firearm offenses.

He was transported to the Kona police station Thursday, where he was arrested and charged with murder.

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