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Judge orders mental evaluation for shooting suspect

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2012

HILO >> A Big Island man accused of shooting his former girlfriend earlier this year has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

Seventy-two-year-old Joseph Amormino Sr. faces attempted first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting of June Shirshac in May. 

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Amormino has pleaded not guilty. He’s been unable to post his $650,000 bail, and remains in custody at the jail where he once worked as a corrections officer.

Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara last week ordered Amormino to undergo an evaluation by a three-person panel of mental health professionals. He scheduled a hearing on the panel’s findings for Jan. 8. 

A Hilo police detective testified at a preliminary hearing Shirshac suffered wounds to her left shoulder and knee and right thigh and hand.

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