A plea in stabbing charge

The woman accused of stabbing another woman outside of the Tokyo Lobby restaurant at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili entered a “not guilty” plea to second-degree attempted murder this week.

Yu Mei Liu, 41, was taken into custody in Hanama‘ulu after posting $100,000 bail. Liu is charged with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a 33-year-old woman, Ping Zhou, on Jan. 10 at the Harbor Mall.

Unconfirmed reports from witnesses said the fight between the two women was over a man, who was dining with Zhou.

Emergency responders arrived on-scene that night around 7:30 after hearing claims of an assault in progress.

In Hawai‘i, the maximum punishment for second-degree attempted murder is life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Winn is handling the case.

Liu‘s trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 12 in District Court.

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