Suspect in missing woman’s murder pleads not guilty

Jhun Ley Irorita

A man indicted in the murder of a missing Kalihi woman has pleaded not guilty.

Jhun Ley Irorita, 25, entered his plea via teleconference from Oahu Community Correctional Center on Monday, March 20.

He was in a wheelchair, and his forearms were heavily bandaged.

According to the Department of Public Safety, he was injured over the weekend, though foul play was not involved. A spokeswoman said details could not be provided due to medical confidentiality laws.

Helen Prestosa, 39, had been missing since November 19, 2015.

In January 2016, Irorita was arrested on suspicion of her murder, but was released pending investigation due to lack of evidence.

In April 2016, skeletal remains were found on Tantalus. The Honolulu medical examiner later confirmed they belonged to Prestosa.

On March 14, 2017, Irorita was indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder.

Prestosa’s best friend and roommate told KHON2 Irorita lived in the unit above them.

Irorita’s bail was confirmed at half-a-million dollars.

His trial is scheduled to begin May 29.

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