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Kailua-Kona man acquitted in stabbing case

A Kailua-Kona man was acquitted of attempted murder and other charges in connection with the reported stabbing of his wife earlier this year at a Pualani Estates home.

Ikhyun Chang was acquitted Oct. 22 on the grounds of physical or mental disease, disorder or defect excluding responsibility. He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree terroristic threatening and felony abuse of a family or household member in connection with a May 30 incident that sent his 52-year-old wife to the hospital.

The acquittal followed a bench trial before Kona Circuit Court Judge Wendy DeWeese, who also found Chang fit to stand trial in the case a week prior.

Deeming Chang not a “proper subject” for conditional release, however, the judge committed him to the custody of the director of the state Department of Health. A review hearing is set for Jan. 28.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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