Document: Murder suspect believed victim to be a ‘war criminal’

  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Michael Cecil Lee, right, turns to his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Justin Lee — who’s not related to the defendant — this afternoon in Hilo District Court.

A 55-year-old homeless Puna man accused of the Nov. 4 beating death of Shingo Honda told police God killed the internationally acclaimed artist, according to a court document filed by police.