The man charged with murdering his girlfriend at the Kawela Barns on March 20 will undergo a mental health evaluation, the Associated Press reports.
Malia Kahalewai, 24, of Honouliwai suffered fatal injuries as a result of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the initial police report. The following day, Marlin Lavoie, 33, turned himself in to police. He and Kahalewai had been in a relationship for nine years and had four children.
Lavoie has already pled not guilty to charges of second-degree murder. His attorney, Chris Dunn, says Lavoie was suffering from a physical or mental disease, disorder or defect at the time of the shooting. Dunn says his client lacks the mental capacity to understand the court proceedings against him.
At the July 1 court hearing on Maui, 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza granted the defense request for the mental evaluations.
The report and its findings are due Aug. 26. Lavoie will remain in custody without bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.