Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-02-25 22:05:00 –
The Circuit Judge has set a trial date for a 48-year-old man charged with interfering with prosecution in connection with the death of 18-month-old Kytana Ancog.
Scott Michael Carter was arraigned by the Circuit Court this morning in front of Judge Shirley Kawamura through a video conference from the Oahu Community Correctional Center after being charged with obstructing the charges with information on serious charges.
His lawyer, Taewon Kim, filed an acquittal petition for the indictment on behalf of Carter.
During the hearing, Kim said Carter was not a flight risk and demanded that Carter release him at his own discretion or reduce his bail from $ 1 million to $ 10,000.
Honolulu’s deputy prosecutor, Molly O’Neill, opposed the request, claiming that the alleged crime was “terrible.”
Kitana was last seen on January 31st, after the baby’s mother dropped her off at Aiea’s house with Kitana’s father, Travis Rodriguez.
Police said Rodriguez confessed that he had beaten, shook, and squeezed his daughter until she became unconscious. He also confessed that he had put her dead body in a duffel bag and was ready to dispose of her body, police added.
The billing document further stated that Carter dropped Rodriguez into another acquaintance’s residence while the duffel bag was left in the car. Carter then allegedly drove away and told Rodriguez: Thank you for your help. “
According to police, Kitana’s body has not been found.
At today’s hearing, Kawamura pointed out Carter’s criminal record, including a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and firearms convicted serious offenders in 2007.
She denied Carter’s request for low bail, but allowed a reduction to $ 250,000.
Carter’s trial is scheduled for April.
Arraignment of Rodriguez, who was charged with the second murder of an infant’s death, was originally scheduled for this morning, but Rodriguez is now undergoing compulsory ingestion-related quarantine at the Halawa correctional facility after his transfer from OCCC. The judge has postponed because of this.
“The high profile of his alleged crime has increased his detention and required detention in a safer agency,” said Tony Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Public Security Bureau. It was.
Halawa correctional facilities are medium security facilities, but OCCC is a minimal security facility.
“When he is medically licensed, the facility will coordinate the arraignment of his video and the court meeting,” Schwartz said.
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