Trial begins for man accused of 2015 homicide

  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Kalani Kaohimaunu sits at the defense table Monday in Hilo Circuit Court.

  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Venus Mitchell, who was the girlfriend of murder victim Keola Penovaroff, becomes emotional during testimony Monday in Hilo Circuit Court.

The girlfriend of a man shot to death on Thanksgiving 2015 testified in court Monday she saw the shooting occur.