By Jeff King
Maui Police have reclassified a recent assault in Kihei as murder. A man known to locals as “Smiley,” Michael Phillip Gray, died from injuries after a savage attack on April 11. Now the case has escalated to a murder investigation.
On April 11, at about 10:55 p.m., Michael Phillip Gray, also known as “Smiley,” succumbed to his injuries and died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. His death was a result of injuries he sustained after he was assaulted at Kalama Park five weeks ago on March 15.
One adult male from Kihei and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with this investigation. Due to Mr. Gray’s death, the case has been re-classified as Murder in the Second Degree.
The Maui Police Department is still seeking information into the assault of Michael Phillip “Smiley” Gray. Anyone with information should call Detective Jeffrey Mahoney of the Kihei Criminal Investigation Division at (808)875-5409 or Crime Stoppers.