KEALAKEKUA — A death in the family of one witness stalled the trial of a former off-duty police officer two days before he was scheduled to go to trial.
Accessed on 27 September 2016, 18:40 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Graham Milldrum (“West Hawaii Today”).
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The case of a former police officer allegedly involved in an assault case has been delayed because a key witness was unavailable due to a death in her family.
Chief Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra was clearly unhappy that he had to reschedule the trial of John Smith, Jr. so close to the trial date. Ibarra told reporter Graham Milldrum that the delay “is not beneficial for the state, for the defense, or for the public.” Judge Ibarra noted that this was the third time the trial had to be continued.
Former Hawaii police officer John Smith, Jr. faces charges of second-degree assault and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. Smith allegedly attacked a handcuffed man while he was off-duty on 09 January 2014 in Ocean View.
A new trial has been scheduled for 18 October 2016.
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