Hawaii Revised Statutes Division 5. Crimes and Criminal Proceedings § 707-701. Murder in the first degree

(1) A person commits the offense of murder in the first degree if the person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of:

(a) More than one person in the same or separate incident;

(b) A law enforcement officer, judge, or prosecutor arising out of the performance of official duties;

(c) A person known by the defendant to be a witness in a criminal prosecution and the killing is related to the person's status as a witness;

(d) A person by a hired killer, in which event both the person hired and the person responsible for hiring the killer shall be punished under this section;

(e) A person while the defendant was imprisoned;

(f) A person from whom the defendant has been restrained, by order of any court, including an ex parte order, from contacting, threatening, or physically abusing pursuant to chapter 586;

(g) A person who is being protected by a police officer ordering the defendant to leave the premises of that protected person pursuant to section 709-906(4) , during the effective period of that order;

(h) A person known by the defendant to be a witness in a family court proceeding and the killing is related to the person's status as a witness;  or

(i) A person whom the defendant restrained with intent to:

(i) Hold the person for ransom or reward;  or

(ii) Use the person as a shield or hostage.

(2) Murder in the first degree is a felony for which the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment as provided in section 706-656 .


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