comscore Mental health tests ordered for suspect in stabbing
Top News

Mental health tests ordered for suspect in stabbing

Honolulu Star-Advertiser logo
Unlimited access to premium stories for as low as $12.95 /mo.
Get It Now

A state judge has ordered accused killer Tittleman Fauatea to undergo another set of mental health evaluations to determine whether or not he is mentally fit to stand trial for murder and is legally responsible for his actions in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Waianae High School teacher.

Three mental health examiners had previously found Fauatea, 27, mentally fit to stand trial for the Feb. 27, 2009 fatal stabbing of Asa Yamashita at Ewa Town Center. But his previous lawyer later said Fauatea stopped taking his medication for mental illness and was not cooperating in preparing for trial.

The prosecutor and at least one of the experts who had examined Fauatea suggested he was refusing to cooperate to avoid prosecution.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up