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Accused murderer appears in court

LIHU’E – Howard I. Giddens, the 27-year-old Hanama’ulu man accused of shooting

a neighbor to death Monday morning after wounding another man at Hanama’ulu

Beach Park only minutes before, was arraigned early Thursday morning in Circuit

Judge Clifford Nakea’s courtroom.

A preliminary hearing, in which Giddens

will likely enter a plea to six felony charges, was set for next Monday at 10

a.m.

Nakea’s courtroom was full for the arraignment, but most of the

standing-room-only crowd wasn’t attending Giddens’ first official court

appearance.

Most were there for their own courtroom matters.

Giddens’

proceedings were shifted at the last minute.

First, authorities moved his

arraignment up from the original 10 a.m.

Then two officers hustled the

shackled (wrists and ankles), orange jumpsuited defendant in front of the judge

without any preliminary announcements.

Head down, Giddens – his black hair

long on top and shorn on the sides – said nothing as Nakea set his preliminary

hearing.

According to Craig De Costa, Kaua’i County chief deputy prosecutor

who is trying the case, the preliminary hearing will be when the state must

show probable cause.

Public defender Ed Acoba represented Giddens at

Thursday’s brief court appearance.

Giddens remains in custody at Kaua`i

Community Correctional Center in lieu of $500,000 bail. He’s been there since

Monday morning, when he surrendered after the police surrounded a house on

Ho`ohana Street where he was hiding.

Giddens faces six charges, including

three separate murder and attempted murder counts and three lesser

charges.

Colan Fernandes, 42, died Monday after allegedly being shot by

Giddens inside the residence at 4286 Ho`ohana St., where the victim lived with

his mother and brother.

Another man, still hospitalized at Wilcox Memorial

Hospital, was listed Thursday in fair condition. His identity has been withheld

by authorities.

Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681

(ext. 252) and [

HREF=”mailto:dwilken@pulitzer.net”>dwilken@pulitzer.net]

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