POSTED: 10:52 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 05:11 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014
A 26-year-old Kaneohe Marine pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court on Monday for the stabbing of his girlfriend with a knife last month.
Joshua McCray, a sergeant at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, is charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $5,000.
Circuit Judge Richard Perkins set a trial date of Sept. 15 before Circuit Judge Randal Lee.
McCray was initially arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder on June 26. The alleged incident occurred just after 6 a.m. Officers arrested McCray at a Kamehameha Highway address in Kahaluu.
Prosecutors later reduced the charge to second-degree assault.
In a police affidavit, the victim, Desiree Jones, said she and McCray argued when he stabbed her and fled.
The affidavit said a knife was found near the area where McCray, a North Carolina native, was hiding behind a church.