Bail remains at $500K for one of three charged with attempted murder
The Maui News – WAILUKU — A judge kept bail at $500,000 Tuesday for one of three men charged with attempted murder in a beating last month that left another man paralyzed.
Randal Valoroso, 53, of Haiku had asked that his bail be reduced. In seeking a “very significant reduction in bail to $20,000” for Valoroso, Deputy Public Defender Danielle Sears said many family members were in the courtroom gallery to support Valoroso. He has employment and a criminal history that consists of misdemeanor convictions 27 years ago, Sears said.
“It looks like the only reason the bail has been so high is because of what the charge is,” she said.
Valoroso has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and intimidating a witness.
Police said Valoroso and two co-defendants had been with the victim at Hookipa Beach Park in Paia before they got into an argument that turned physical Aug. 24.
Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Martin said the victim suffered a vertebrae fracture “that left him without any feeling from the neck down.”
“He was beaten, stomped on and then dragged away so they could ‘get rid of him,’ ” Martin said.
He said Valoroso is charged with intimidating witnesses immediately afterward.
“The witnesses, from the very beginning, were reluctant and even refused to speak to the police,” Martin said.
He said two witnesses who had been subpoenaed for a grand jury proceeding didn’t show up.
A conviction for second-degree attempted murder carries a penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole, Martin noted.
“The state has significant concerns, not only about flight risk but the safety of the community,” he said.
Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill kept Valoroso’s bail at $500,000 but said he would reconsider if the defendant filed a written motion to reduce bail.
A bail hearing was delayed until Thursday for co-defendant Jeffrey Aweau, 51, of Pukalani. Aweau and Valoroso were being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.
Valoroso’s brother Chad Valoroso, 52, of Haiku, who also was indicted in the case, posted $500,000 bail to be released.
The three defendants were ordered to have no contact with the victim and three other men who were at the beach park that day.