Court documents claim conflict, beating led to Maui man’s murder

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We’re learning new details about a man who was found murdered on Maui back in March.

Michael Colby, 39, was found dead on March 19, his body in the bushes near Amala Place in Kahului.

An autopsy revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the back of his head and neck.

Last week, Healohaomakanaamekai Akahi Pua, 24, was arrested along with a 16-year-old male suspect. Akahi Pua was charged with second-degree murder.

According to court documents, the teen was Akahi Pua’s cousin and brought to the Wailuku police station by his mother. His statement, made in the presence of his mother, led police to Akahi Pua.

Documents say the two were called to the area of Kaa Point by a friend known as “Jewlz,” who said his vehicle was almost hit by Colby’s truck, with his two-year-old child inside.

Once found, Akahi Pua says “Jewlz” smashed in Colby’s truck with a bat while he and the teen went looking for Colby.

Court documents say Akahi Pua and Colby got into an argument that turned physical. Akahi Pua told police he punched Colby, kicked him in the leg, causing Colby to fall, then punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground unconscious.

Documents say Akahi Pua admitted he punched Colby two times after that, but stated he was alive and “making snoring sounds” when the two left.

Neither was aware Colby had died until the following day, court documents claim.

At some point during the incident, documents allege the teen took Colby’s phone, which was lying next to his head.

According to documents, his girlfriend told police he used that phone to call her and confessed to killing Colby.

The juvenile was turned over to the sheriff’s department while Akahi Pua’s bail was set at $1 million.

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