New DNA evidence in 20-year-old murder
Blood at scene matches defendant
New DNA results in a 20-year-old cold case in Kihei puts the defendant at the scene of the alleged murder, police said Thursday.
The Maui Police Criminal Investigation Division was informed this month that DNA recovered from blood samples found at the crime scene belong to defendant Anthony Moreno, who was charged with second-degree murder in an indictment returned in November by a Maui County grand jury.
He is currently being held on $1 million bail at Maui Community Correctional Center, court records show.
Police also were notified that DNA recovered from another blood sample near the victim, Kimberly Belluomini, was hers. The 38-year-old Kihei woman was found dead in a bedroom of her second-floor apartment at Southpointe on Oct. 27, 2000, on her birthday.
“For this cold case, the evidence is significant,” a police news release said Thursday afternoon.
Police said that in February “items of evidence found at the crime scene” were swabbed for DNA. They then were sent to the Honolulu Police Department’s Scientific Investigation Section forensic laboratory for analysis. Reference DNA samples collected from Belluomini and obtained from Moreno were sent as well.
Belluomini’s death was classified as a homicide resulting from traumatic head injuries, according to a death certificate provided to her family.
The night before, she had been at Henry’s Bar & Grill in Lipoa Center in Kihei and was seen leaving with Moreno, witnesses told police.
She and Moreno shared a cab to her apartment, and he was the last person known to have seen her alive, Detective Nelson Hamilton, the primary investigator, told The Maui News in December.
Late last year, the 59-year-old Moreno was located in Florida, where he was living. He initially fought extradition but was released to Maui Police Department detectives in January after a warrant from Gov. David Ige was secured to have him brought back to the state, according to court records.
Court records show Moreno has a pretrial conference scheduled for July 7 in 2nd Circuit Court.
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