- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A 16-year-old Waimanalo boy has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his adoptive mother.

An Oahu grand jury indicted KaAnoi Kipapa on Wednesday in the July 5 killing of Jolyn Kipapa, 52, at the family’s home, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (https://bit.ly/10sPOEb ).

A state Family Court judge waived the court’s jurisdiction over Kipapa on Oct. 30, making him eligible to be tried as an adult. He is jailed at Oahu Community Correctional Center with bail set at $250,000.

Jolyn Kipapa died from injuries to her head, torso and extremities, the Honolulu medical examiner’s office said.

The teen called police after the stabbing and acknowledged that he had stabbed his mother, Deputy Prosecutor Chastity Imamura told Circuit Judge Richard Perkins at a hearing Wednesday.

A male caller told police that “something dark came over him and that his mom was in bed with blood all over her,” Imamura said.

KaAnoi Kipapa was home alone with his mother to help her while she was partially disabled from an illness, the prosecutor said. The boy’s adoptive father and brother were at work.

An officer entered the home and saw the boy, who was covered in blood, leave a back room, Imamura said.

Kipapa told police “he became enraged and began to beat and stab” his mother with knives. The teen called police at 7:48 a.m. and returned to the bedroom afterward to stab Jolyn Kipapa again, Imamura said.

Police found a kitchen knife and a cleaver at the foot of her bed.

State public defender Jack Tonaki said Thursday the office could not comment on the merits of the case.

“We’re working on his defense,” Tonaki said.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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