HONOLULU (KHON2) — Eric Thompson, 34, a suspect in the murder of Jon Tokuhara was released from custody on Feb. 14, after posting bail of $1 million dollars.
The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) said based upon their investigation, a warrant of arrest was obtained for Thompson for the offenses of Murder in the Second Degree and Carrying or Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony.
Police records show Thompson was arrested Monday, Feb. 14. His initial court appearance was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17.
According to HPD, on Jan. 13, at about 8 a.m., officers responded to a medical assist call. Upon arrival, Tokuhara was discovered deceased with fatal traumatic injuries. They determined that the decedent sustained a gunshot wound.
Court documents released on Tuesday, Feb. 15, reported an autopsy was done on Tokuhara that confirmed the cause of death was a gunshot to the head, and the manner of death was homicide.
The court documents also revealed the suspect’s wife was having an intimate relationship with Tokuhara between May and July 2021 while she was still married to Thompson.
In the documents, Tokuhara’s last patient on Jan. 12 — the day before his body was discovered — stated she knew both Thompson and his wife. The patient said the couple started their relationship in high school and later married. Then, the patient introduced Thompson’s wife to Tokuhara in 2019 for acupuncture services and treatment.
The documents added that the patient had a conversation with Thompson’s wife on Aug. 11, 2021, where she admitted to having an affair. At that time, she did not say who it was with or whether her husband knew. This matter was investigated further through Tokuhara’s cell phone.
During the investigation, the documents reported that in Instagram direct messages between Tokuhara and Thompson’s wife, they shared explicit photos and videos, as well as spoke of their intimate relationship and the fear of Thompson finding out about them.
It appeared that Tokuhara may have wanted a long-term relationship with Thompson’s wife while she did not want to leave her husband, according to the court documents. In July 2021, Thompson’s wife told Tokuhara she had to end their relationship and that he could not contact her anymore. Their last Instagram message was on July 23, 2021.
Attorney Megan Kau wonders if Thompson’s attorney will argue he suffered emotional distress due to the affair.
From this investigation, the court documents said that police were able to locate the address of Eric Thompson and that he owned a white Chevrolet Silverado. HPD officers examined video surveillance of a white truck in an effort to develop a timeline of events.
According to court documents, detectives gathered video surveillance from near Thompson’s residence and from businesses near Tokuhara Acupuncture in Waipahu. The documents revealed at around 5:20 p.m. on Jan. 12, a white truck was seen emerging from Thompson’s driveway. Then, the white truck was seen in the area of Waipahu Depot, Hikimoe and Kahuailani streets around 5:57 p.m.
The documents added that a person was seen on the video footage walking along Hikimoe and Waipahu Depot streets, then near the building and parking lot areas where Tokuhara Acupuncture is located between 6:10 p.m. and 6:14 p.m.
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The person was observed on the footage entering Tokuhara Acupuncture at 6:16 p.m. and leaving approximately 48 seconds later, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Michael Green is not directly involved with this case but said evidence is stacked against Thompson.
“I think there’s enough for a judge to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt but I’m not privy to all the facts and there could be reasons that ultimately result in the prosecution deciding maybe it’s not a murder and maybe it’s some kind of manslaughter,” Green explained.
Investigators found three .22 caliber bullet shells at the scene.
Twelve firearms registered to Thompson and two unregistered firearms were recovered from Thompson’s home earlier this month.