Story held no credibility, observers say

Story held no credibility, observers say

There are 21 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 15, 2008, titled Story held no credibility, observers say. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Defendant's story held no credibility, observers say By Alexandre Da Silva adasilva@starbulletin.com It was a story meant to prove his innocence in the presumed murder of a missing Japanese visitor.

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Since: Feb 08

Minneapolis

#1 Apr 15, 2008
It does not bring Ms. Watanabe back but I believe this predator would have continued had he not been caught. Good job by all involved in ending his "career."
g-man

Montréal, Canada

#4 Apr 15, 2008
Eh Wilkerson. You just as bad as your client trying to weasle out of an unwinnable situation. Think about the victim and the family instead of yourself. Its obvious you don't even care about your client. Stop trying to save your own okole at the expense of others you fool. Suck it up and accept de-feet.

De-Nile is a river in Egypt.

Since: Nov 07

Paia, Maui

#5 Apr 15, 2008
Kehena Kirk Lankford. Did the crime, do the time.

“Hating others builds me up”

Since: Mar 08

Big cave in hill by sea

#6 Apr 15, 2008
They did not find his story credible ?
Shocking !
Now let's bring back the death penalty.
Liberals will say " lock him up forever, so he will never get out "
But you can be sure if he is not put to death he will walk the streets again someday, as sure as death and taxes some liberal judge or parole board will let him free someday.
The death penalty may or may not deter crime, but you will not have repeat offenders.
anti

United States

#7 Apr 15, 2008
What scares me the most is that people (Lankford, Wilkerson) can sit there and LIE. You made up an entire story in the hopes of freeing such a coldblooded murderer and letting him back on the streets to terrorize more innocent victims! How can you live with yourselves? And to further accuse the media of being dishonest?? Mr. Wilkerson, you are a a hypocrite!

Face it. Your client is guilty as charged. Instead of accepting his responsibility, he tried to get out of it. He brought such a profound pain to the Watanabe family, it is time he started paying for it.
2cents

Kahului, HI

#9 Apr 15, 2008
Cops did their job. Prosecutor's did their job. The judge better do his and put away this guy. Thank you jury for seeing through Lankford's BS.
Melvie C

Honolulu, HI

#10 Apr 15, 2008
it took him a year to make up such a lame story. and how could anyone back up such a story and to claim a murderer innocent?
Derrick

United States

#11 Apr 15, 2008
No sane person could believe the mounds of bull they were shoveling. One less predator on the streets.
Brown man

Silver Spring, MD

#12 Apr 15, 2008
Wilkerson, stop blaming the media, you were the defense attorney and you lost badly.
FedUp

Hilo, HI

#13 Apr 15, 2008
So Wilkerson accuses the media of the most dishonest reporting he has seen. Wilkerson - YOU are guilty of aiding and abetting the most dishonest accounting of a crime that the public has seen. Lankford's story is so transparent and lacking in credibility, with no supporting forensic evidence. How could YOU let your client take the stand and claim this ridiculous fabrication? YOU are one terrible defense attorney.
Alan

Honolulu, HI

#14 Apr 15, 2008
Its true this guy hung himself at every turn. his story was not credible. I dont know anyone who can go to church pray with family nwhile their is a poor dead wommen in the back of his truck. I think his defense lawyer did the best job he could with what he had. Its funny no matter how you try to hide the truth it always seems to find its way to the light
Hang em High

Honolulu, HI

#16 Apr 15, 2008
Great job well done to Carlisle, his team, and HPD for their hard work that finally paid off.

Nice try Wilkerson. You and your murdering client are from the same stock...cold blooded. You probably even sleep well at night.
Pono

Winchester, KY

#19 Apr 15, 2008
The defense is prevented by law from claiming a defense they know to be false. All he has to go on is what Lankford tells him. Like it or not all defendants have the right to a defense and the attorney is required to give the most vigorous defense he can, but he cannot knowingly lie. I believe there was media bias but that's why jurors are not allowed to watch or read any news reports during the trial. If he has proof that the jury engaged in misconduct then say so, but don't blame the local media for the guilty verdicts. Wilkerson's outburst was just low class.
justice served

Honolulu, HI

#20 Apr 15, 2008
Finally, a criminal caught and time will be served. Condolences to the watanabe family.
island girl

Winchester, KY

#21 Apr 15, 2008
Oh brother! Just when I thought I've seen just about everything. A criminal defense attorney throws a tantrum on television. Losing a case and blaming everyone but himself and his client for the outcome. Even the village idiot saw so many holes in this guy's testimony. More holes than a slice of swiss cheese. Two thumbs up to the police, the Prosecution and the behind the scenes people who did a job well done! And my sincere condolences to the Watanabe family.
ratatouille

Kihei, HI

#22 Apr 15, 2008
it's highly unlikely that lankford will fess up the location of the body unless he gets something substantial in return.. plus he's a psychopath.. but pain does refreshes one's memory real fast.. da boyz at halawa will refresh his memories..
lorn40

Hilo, HI

#23 Apr 15, 2008
The attorney is the one who I think conjured up the story about how Lankford accidently killed Masumi. HE should go to jail too, Liar, liar pants on fire!
Sam

Ewa Beach, HI

#24 Apr 15, 2008
FedUp wrote:
So Wilkerson accuses the media of the most dishonest reporting he has seen. Wilkerson - YOU are guilty of aiding and abetting the most dishonest accounting of a crime that the public has seen. Lankford's story is so transparent and lacking in credibility, with no supporting forensic evidence. How could YOU let your client take the stand and claim this ridiculous fabrication? YOU are one terrible defense attorney.
Wilkerson is just doing his job. That's how this system is supposed to work. Everyone knows the media slants stories for their own gain. Everyone knows HPD lies on the witness stand to support the prosecution's case. I've seen it and been a victim of it.

But in this case, no matter how you look at it, evidence points to Lankford being guilty as hell.
hawn

Haiku, HI

#25 Apr 15, 2008
Guilty as charged!
Terri Arcangel

Kihei, HI

#26 Apr 15, 2008
Find her body

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