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PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA
20110707-17 CTY DAVIS Mark Davis, Jr. (middle) is arraigned in Circuit Court before Judge Richard Perkins. The woman on the left appears to be from the hospital as she escorted Davis into the courtroom, no ID for her, and the public defender for the day, Ed Harada. Davis is a patient at Hawaii State Hospital charged with assaulting an elderly female staff member with a padlock in 2009. The State is also asking the judge for permission to transfer Davis to Halawa because Davis is violent (which was granted). Davis was committed to State Hospital by reason of insanity for raping and killing a 6-year-old girl, Kauilani Tadeo, in Puna in 2001. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JULY 7, 2011.

A Big Island man, who was committed to the Hawaii State Hospital as a teen-ager by reason of insanity for raping and killing a six-year-old Puna girl, will go trial in September for assaulting a female hospital staff member last year.

State Circuit Judge Richard Perkins agreed this morning to a city prosecutor’s request to transfer Mark Davis Jr. to the Oahu Community Correctional Center from the Kaneohe State Hospital while awaiting trial.

Davis faces second-degree assault charges for allegedly hitting the female staff member with a padlock in 2009.

Prosecutors said Davis became upset while he was in the process of being placed in restraints, grabbed a combination padlock from a table and allegedly struck an occupational therapist in the head several times.

This morning Deputy Public Defender Ed Harada entered a not guilty plea for Davis, who did not speak during his brief arraignment.

His case goes before Judge Glenn Kim during the week of Sept. 6.

Davis was committed to Kaneohe in 2005 following his acquittal because of his mental illness after being accused of raping and killing Kauilani Tadeo, his 5-year-old neighbor in Puna.

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