Attempted murder suspect released

Charges filed; psych eval pending

by Michael Levine – THE GARDEN ISLAND

A Kapa‘a man arrested for second-degree attempted murder has been set free on a supervised release without posting any money for bail, according to police and court records.

According to an indictment on file with the District Court, on July 13, Lancelot Zachariah Johnson, 32, took a “substantial step” toward causing the death of Anna Pinoliar, his fiancee.

A source familiar with the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Johnson also attempted suicide in that incident and sustained major injuries, spending more than a week at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

Wilcox spokeswoman Lani Yukimura said yesterday that she could not divulge information on former patients because she does not have access to their records after their release.

Johnson was arrested by Det. Trent Shimabukuro on July 24 at 3:10 p.m., with bail initially set by the presiding judge at $100,000, according to Kaua‘i Police Department records.

However, after spending just one night in jail, Johnson was released on his own recognizance without posting bail because neither the sheriffs, a state agency, nor the Kaua‘i Police Department, part of the county, wanted to be responsible for his medical needs while in custody, according to the source.

After spending the weekend being taken care of by Pinoliar, Johnson was re-arraigned and instead granted a supervised release, the source said.

Under conditions of that release, Johnson is required to maintain daily contact with authorities and undergo psychological treatment within 30 days, according to the source.

Furthermore, Johnson is prohibited from contacting Pinoliar, Shimabukuro, or others involved in the case, similar to common terms of probation, according to District Court records.

Johnson’s preliminary hearing in District Court was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but a court-ordered mental examination postponed Johnson’s initial court appearance until Nov. 18.

County prosecutor Craig De Costa said that he would not be involved in the case because he is familiar with both Johnson and Pinoliar and that deputy prosecuting attorney Mauna Kea Trask would be handling it instead.

Phone messages left for Shimabukuro, Trask and Johnson were not returned as of press time.

• Michael Levine, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or via e-mail at mlevine@kauaipubco.com

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