Man faces attempted murder charge

A Lihu‘e man charged with attempted second-degree murder after allegedly trying to kill a 30-year-old visitor in front of the Historic County Building is being held on $100,000 bail.

Orlan Casujay Tesch, 53, entered a “not guilty” plea this week to the Feb. 9 incident.

According to police, a brawl between the two men ended with Tesch allegedly stabbing Kasey Beno, 30, of Welches, Ore., during the incident in front of the Historic County Building.

Kaua‘i police arrested both men after taking them to Wilcox Hospital for injuries.

Beno, who spent the night in the hospital, was later arrested on the charge of second-degree assault and released Feb. 10 on $5,000 bail.

After Tesch’s arraignment, Judge Frank Rothschild found there was probable cause to support going to trial, binding the case over to Circuit Court.

On Monday, Tesch appeared in Circuit Court with Court-Appointed Counsel Ken Norelli in Judge Kathleen Watanabe’s courtroom.

Trial is set for 8:30 a.m. on May 21.

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