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Maui man to stand trial for allegedly assaulting neighbors

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PAIA, Maui >> A 49-year-old man is scheduled to stand trial over allegations that he assaulted his neighbors during a fight in a Paia neighborhood last year.

A May 9 trial has been set for Nathan Kaipo Spencer, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of second- and third-degree assault, the Maui News reported.

Prosecutors say during a fight with neighbor James Foster on Jan. 22, 2010, Spencer kicked Foster and knocked him to the ground. When Foster’s wife tried to help, prosecutors say Spencer hit her in the face.

Foster suffered a broken jaw, while his wife complained of pain to her left ear.

Foster was found unresponsive in his car about two weeks later, but police say an autopsy found nothing linking Foster’s death to the fight.

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