Man who killed child faces life sentence

February 6, 2020

A 29-year-old Honolulu man will be sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a four-year-old boy in Honolulu.

Waiser Walter attacked the child and the child’s aunt in their McCully apartment on October 10, 2016.  Both suffered multiple stab wounds.  The boy succumbed to his injuries.  The boy’s aunt was hospitalized in critical condition.

In an agreement with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney Walter pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree this week.  As part of the agreement, Walter will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.  Both the prosecution and the defense will recommend to the Hawai’i Paroling Authority that Walter serve at least 35 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack by a man the victims considered family,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Bell who prosecuted the case.  “The defendant intended to raise an insanity defense but psychiatrists who examined him refuted this defense.”

“This plea agreement reflects the serious nature of the crime and protects the public from a dangerous man,” said Acting Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Nadamoto.

Walter is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13, 2020.