A San Diego man is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 7 in Honolulu for the murder of a Hawaii police officer who was going to testify against him in a drug case.
Tony Williams, 24, was convicted after an eight-day trial in July of killing Officer Troy Barboza. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
Barboza was posing undercover when he bought cocaine from Williams. Williams and another San Diego man, Alexander M. McAllister, 25, were arrested in July, 1987. Barboza was gunned down in his home last October while the pair were out on bail, Honolulu homicide Lt. Gary Dias said.
McAllister received a 20-year sentence on a drug charge and later testified against Williams at the murder trial. The two apparently were friends from high school, Dias said.
Dias said Williams acted alone in the killing and that the source of the drugs is still under investigation. He added that evidence suggests that Williams was an associate of members of the L.A.-based Crips gang.
Williams will be sentenced by Circuit Judge Thomas Kaulukukui Jr., the court clerk said.
San Diego Police Lt. Phil Jarvis said his department cooperated with Honolulu police in the Williams case. There are no local warrants for his arrest, but Jarvis said that San Diego police are “interested” in him and that he could be a suspect in local crimes.
Jarvis declined to elaborate.