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Murder suspect to get new attorney

WAILUKU — Another attorney will be appointed to represent murder suspect Bernard Brown, after the public defender’s office was allowed to withdraw from the case Thursday because of a conflict.

Brown, 48, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who was reported missing more than five years ago. The 46-year-old mother of three was last seen the night of Jan. 12, 2014, at Brown’s apartment at Iao Parkside in Wailuku.

After an indictment was returned Sept. 20 by a Maui County grand jury, Brown was brought back to Maui from Sacramento, Calif., to face the charge.

The public defender’s office reported a conflict in representing Brown because the office had represented a witness in the case against him, according to a declaration filed in court. The witness was a client of the office on multiple occasions, according to the declaration.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill set a Tuesday return date for Brown to appear with a new court-appointed attorney.

Brown is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.