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Man Arrested in Coronado Admits He's Suspect in Hawaii Dismemberment Murder

The suspected killer of a man whose dismembered body was found three months ago in a ravine in Hawaii agreed today that he is the person wanted in the Pacific island state for second-degree murder.

In a hearing in San Diego Superior Court, 46-year-old Bryan Suitt did not contest that he is the man Hawaiian authorities are looking for in the death of Alex "Gonzo" Gonzales, 34.

A review hearing is scheduled Jan. 2 to determine if a governor's warrant has been received. The warrant is necessary in order for the defendant to be extradited to Hawaii.

Suitt was arrested Dec. 2 at his mother's home in Coronado. He is being held without bail.

On Nov. 26, an Oahu grand jury indicted Suitt on suspicion of second- degree murder. Authorities have disclosed no motive for the killing, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Gonzales' dismembered and decomposing body was found Sept. 15 in off Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery Road in the town of Waipio by a couple looking for recyclables.

Police released photos of the then-unidentified victim's tattoos, seeking the public's help in identifying him, and asked the Marshals Service for help, since Suitt was believed to live in the mainland United States, the newspaper reported.

Gonzales, who had an auto-theft conviction and several misdemeanor convictions on his criminal record, moved in with friends in Kalihi about two months before his death, a former girlfriend told the Star-Advertiser.

According to postings on his Facebook page, Gonzales was from Long Beach, his mother lives on Kauai, and he has a sister who resides in California.

—City News Service

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