Murder suspect apprehended
August 5, 2010
The Maui News - A judge ordered that bail remain at $1 million for Kaupō murder suspect Robert J. Chiarizia, pending a bail hearing this week. Chiarizia, 40, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in the fatal shooting last October of 45-year-old Alan Alika Vegas of Kaupō. Police said the shooting occurred when Vegas returned to the private property in Kaupö after the caretaker had told him to stay away. Vegas died of a single gunshot wound, which caused internal bleeding, according to police. An Oct. 18 trial is set in 2nd Circuit Court for Chiarizia, who was captured last week after eluding police for nine months. Police said Chiarizia was arrested without incident at a campsite in heavy brush about one-fourth of a mile from the shooting scene. He was alone and living in a shelter made of branches and leaves, according to police. Police are continuing to search for the weapon used in the shooting.