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Grand jury indicts Padua

LIHU‘E — A grand jury indicted Dominador Padua on attempted murder and assault charges stemming from the Sunday shooting of his wife.

Fifth Circuit Court Judge Randal Valenciano on Friday arraigned Padua at about the same time the 47-year-old Koloa resident was set to appear in a preliminary hearing in district court.

Padua faces second-degree attempted murder; two counts of carrying or use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, second-degree assault; permit to acquire a firearm and storage of a firearm relating to responsibility with respect to minors, according to the indictment.

Kaua‘i Police Department arrested Padua hours after his wife, Jannet Abundo-Padua, 42, was shot on the leg and then escaped through a window. Padua barricaded himself in his home, police say, with his two teenage children. KPD eventually negotiated the teens’ release and Padua’s surrender.

The indictment contends that Padua intentionally or knowingly tried to cause the death of Abundo-Padua and had used a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver. In addition, Padua acquired the ownership of the revolver without first gaining a permit, and stored it where a minor could likely gain access, according to the indictment.

Padua showed up in court wearing an orange garment from Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center, and stood next to defense attorney Craig De Costa and an interpreter.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jake Delaplane informed the judge that the case could take up to three weeks to hear, and that it must go to trial before Nov. 26, under Rule 48 of Hawai‘i’s Rules of Penal Procedure. It generally asks that the court, on motion of the defendant, dismisses the charge if a trial is not commenced within six months from the date of the defendant’s arrest.

Valenciano, who has a heavy court schedule and will be unavailable in early September, set Padua’s case for trial on the same date as that of Vicente Hilario.

Hilario is accused of shooting and killing Kapa‘a resident Aureo Moore on a public road near Anahola Beach Park in December.

“I guess one of the trials will proceed as scheduled,” Valenciano said.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25. Padua’s bail is set at $1 million.

Following the hearing, Padua appeared in district court where Delaplane told Judge Joe Moss that the state would dismiss the case without prejudice, because Padua had just been arraigned in circuit court.

• Jessica Musicar, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or by e-mailing jmusicar@thegardenisland.com.

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