STATE OF HAWAI`I, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. GARY VAUGHAN, Defendant-Appellant.
The above-captioned case has been set for argument on the merits at:
Supreme Court Courtroom
Ali`iolani Hale, 2nd Floor
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Attorney for Defendant-Appellant:
Richard D. Gronna
Attorney for Plaintiff-Appellee:
Shannon M. Kagawa, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
COURT: Foley, Reifurth, and Ginoza, JJ.
Defendant-Appellant Gary Vaughan ("Vaughan") appeals from the Judgment of Conviction and Sentence in FC-Cr. No. 06-1-456 and the Judgment of Conviction and Sentence in FC-Cr. No. 09-1-448 both filed on August 29, 2011 in the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit ("Circuit Court"). On June 9, 2011, a jury found Vaughan guilty of eight counts of Sexual Assault in the First Degree, three counts of Attempted Sexual Assault in the First Degree, and ten counts of Sexual Assault in the Third Degree.
On appeal, Vaughan argues that the Circuit Court erred in refusing709 (1) to excuse three prospective jurors for cause, (2) to grant Vaughan additional peremptory challenges, and (3) to excuse a juror for cause who claimed to be acquainted with one of the complaining witnesses after recognizing him during trial.