POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2010
A Wahiawa physician accused of trying to hire a patient to kill the mother of his 4-year-old son pleaded not guilty to murder solicitation yesterday in state court.
Dr. Dennis I. Ayon also pleaded not guilty yesterday in a separate case to assaulting a police officer, drunken driving, operating a vehicle while his driver's license is suspended and reckless driving.
He is scheduled to stand trial in Honolulu District Court this week in abusing and threatening his son's mother and in harassing a police officer who responded to the alleged incident.
And he is scheduled to go to trial next week for allegedly violating a court order to stay away from his son.
Ayon, 48, was on bail for the police officer assault, abuse and temporary restraining order violation cases when police arrested him Nov. 8 for murder solicitation. He remains in custody for the later case in lieu of $1 million cash bail.
Police said Ayon assaulted and threatened to kill his son's mother June 6, 2009, when the woman went to Ayon's home to pick up the boy. The woman has a restraining order against Ayon, but Ayon did have visitation privileges.
When an officer responded to the incident, police said Ayon allegedly taunted, then chest-bumped the officer.
The boy's mother sought and was granted the restraining order in August, prohibiting Ayon from seeing his son. She alleged Ayon abused the boy.
Ayon denies the abuse but agreed to refrain from contacting his son until the boy's 18th birthday, subject to whatever orders arise from his paternity case involving the boy. He later complained to others that his son's mother cut off his visitation rights.
Police said Ayon violated the restraining order by going to his son's school on Sept. 8, 10 and 21.
On Nov. 3 police again cited Ayon for drunk driving, driving with a suspended license and no motor vehicle insurance.
A state judge suspended Ayon's driver license Oct. 4 for driving drunk on March 12.