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Man charged with throwing woman off cliff is fit for trial

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:28 p.m. HST, Jun 26, 2013

Justin Klein, charged with attempted murder for allegedly throwing a Japanese visitor off a cliff on Kauai’s north shore, was found fit Wednesday to stand trial.

A hearing on the results of Klein’s mental health examination was held at Kauai Circuit Court before Judge Kathleen Watanabe. Klein’s trial is tentatively scheduled  for Oct. 7.

A grand jury indicted Klein, 37,  on a charge of second-degree attempted murder after he allegedly threw Asuza Ino from a 15-foot cliff in Kalalau Valley in December 2012.  She suffered significant head injuries and was hospitalized for more than a week before she returned to Japan.

Police arrested Klein after a four-month manhunt. A tipster alerted police to a possible Klein sighting at Lydgate Beach Park in Kapaa, and officers located and arrested Klein near the pavilions.

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