LIHUE —The man charged with the stabbing murder of Gary Allen Allianic was back in court Tuesday.
Francisco Keola Manuel, 37, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Randal Valenciano standing beside his defense attorney Emmanuel Guerrero to ask the court to push the date of his trial back.
His original trial date was set for Feb. 1. His new trial date will be on May 2, 8 a.m., before Valenciano.
This will give his new attorney, Guerrero, more time to review the case, Valenciano said.
In late November, Manuel’s previous defense attorney Mark Zenger withdrew as counsel stating “irreconcilable differences” with his client. The public defender’s office had declared a conflict back when the case started in October.
Manuel is charged with murder in the second degree for allegedly stabbing 38-year-old Allianic in the parking lot behind the Garden Island Barbecue in the early morning hours of Sept. 26. The two were involved in a fight and a knife was drawn.
Manuel is also charged with assault in the second degree for allegedly stabbing Jasmine Duque who is pregnant.
The doctor who performed the autopsy on Allianic ruled it a homicide and said he died as a result of his stab wounds.
Manuel is being held on $1 million bail.