Bail reduced to $400K in attempted-murder case

WAILUKU — Bail was reduced to $400,000 Thursday for a Pukalani man who is charged with attempted murder for his role in a beating last month that left another man paralyzed.

Jeffrey Aweau, 51, is one of three men indicted in connection with the incident Aug. 24 at Hookipa Beach Park in Paia. Police said Aweau and two other men had been with the victim at the beach before an argument turned physical.

The assault continued after the victim was on the ground and paralyzed, with the defendants kicking the victim in the head, said Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani.

He asked that bail for Aweau remain at $500,000, saying Aweau is a danger to the community.

Defense attorney Wendy Hudson asked that bail be lowered to a more reasonable amount. She said Aweau has been on Maui for 27 years and has strong family ties. Other than an impaired driving conviction three years ago, Aweau has no significant criminal history, Hudson said.

“He also has significant health issues,” Hudson said.

She said Aweau has been prescribed a dozen medications and is a cardiac patient.

Aweau has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Co-defendants Chad Valoroso, 52, and Randal Valoroso, 53, both of Haiku have pleaded not guilty to the same charges and a charge of intimidating a witness.

Noting that Aweau has one less charge than his co-defendants, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill reduced Aweau’s bail to $400,000.

Chad Valoroso posted a $500,000 bail bond to be released. Randal Valoroso is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Cahill said attorneys for the incarcerated defendants could file written motions seeking bail reductions.