Murder suspect found mentally fit

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Two of three doctors who examined a murder suspect found he was mentally fit to proceed in his case for a fatal stabbing in a Queen Ka’ahumanu Center bathroom, a judge said Thursday.

With the third doctor reporting that Kumulipo Sylva was mentally unfit, Wailuku District Judge Kelsey Kawano set a further hearing for Aug. 2.

Proceedings for Sylva, 23, have been suspended since he requested the mental examinations in the days after the stabbing that was reported at 3:12 p.m. March 18 in the second-floor bathroom outside the Macy’s men’s store at the shopping center.

According to police, the victim, 35-year-old Makawao resident Eduardo Cerezo, became upset when Sylva stared at Cerezo when he and another man got on the Maui Bus at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani at about 2 p.m. that day. The other man reported that Cerezo had taunted Sylva on the bus ride until the three men got off the bus at the mall.

Sylva followed Cerezo into the bathroom, where Sylva raised a machete and swung it at Cerezo, police said. Cerezo fell to the ground and died at the scene, police said.

Sylva was arrested about an hour later at nearby Kahului Community Center.

Sylva admitted to killing Cerezo with a machete because he was a demon, according to police.

Sylva is being held without bail at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

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