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UPDATE: Charges Filed in Hilo Bayfront Slaying

February 7, 2013, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated February 7, 5:29 PM
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***Update posted at 4:40 p.m.***

Police this afternoon charged Mark Anthony Whyne with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony, three counts of place to keep a loaded firearm, and place to keep ammunition.

Whyne was being held without bail this afternoon pending an initial court appearance in District Court on Friday.

Posted at 12 p.m.:

A 55-year-old homeless man has been arrested in connection with the December slaying of a man in the area of Hilo’s Mo‘oheau Park.

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Police said Mark Anthony Whyne, who has no permanent address, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree murder and a firearms offense.

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Whyne, who had not been charged with those offenses at mid-day today, was arrested while already in police custody on three unrelated firearms-related charges.

Whyne’s arrest Wednesday was in relation to an incident that occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 29. Police officers responding to reports of multiple gunshots found the body of Faatetai Fiu, 32, of Hilo along the Bayfront Highway.

Police said an autopsy showed that Fiu died of blood loss as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives are still awaiting the result of toxicology tests.

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Police today renewed their request for anyone with information on the case to contact Det. Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or [email protected]

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