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Puna Man Charged in Leilani Estates Triple Murder

May 7, 2016, 9:53 PM HST
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John Ali Hoffman. HPD photo.

John Ali Hoffman. HPD photo.

A Big Island man arrested Friday in connection to a triple-murder in the Leilani Estates subdivision has been charged.

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Hawai’i Police Department charged John Ali Hoffman with first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, place to keep and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony.

Hoffman’s bail was set at $2,750,000.

On Friday an autopsy determined that an adult woman, a minor female and a minor male died of gunshot wounds.

Police say that the woman has been identified, however her identity is being withheld pending notification of her family.

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Both children’s identities have not been determined. Media reports have suggested that authorities are working on identifying the children via dental records.

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For more on Friday’s incident view this Big Island Now story.

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