Murder trial opens for HI man accused of throwing 23-month-old boy from highway overpassBy AP
Monday, January 25, 2010
Trial opens in case of boy thrown from overpass
HONOLULU — A prosecutor claims a Honolulu man was high on crystal meth when he threw a 23-month-old boy to his death from a highway overpass.
City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle said in his opening statement Monday in Matthew Higa’s murder trial that the boy, Cyrus Belt, landed on the H-1 freeway and was run over by a delivery truck in 2008.
A passing motorist who stopped, nurse Mary Susan Arnold, testified she couldn’t do anything for Cyrus but hold his hand and say a prayer. She said his hand was warm.
Defense attorney Randall Oyama plans to argue the boy was already dead when the 24-year-old Higa threw him from the overpass.
Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser, www.honoluluadvertiser.com