Christian to get mental exam

LIHU‘E — A Kapa‘a man charged with 19 gun-related offenses following a four-hour standoff at his home will undergo a mental examination.

Kevin K. Christian, 41, is charged with attempted murder, firearms violations, two counts of terroristic threatening, two counts of criminal property damage and 13 counts of reckless endangerment.

The charges stem from the Jan. 5 standoff with police. Christian allegedly shot a rifle more than 20 times from his apartment, sending rounds into his landlord’s adjoining residence.

In 5th Circuit Court Thursday, deputy state public defender Christian Enright filed a motion for a hearing on his motion for an appointment of examiners to determine Christian’s mental fitness for trial and whether he was legally responsible at the time of the incident.

Chief Judge Randal Valenciano approved the motion. A hearing on the results of the examination is scheduled for May 3.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Murphy offered no objection to the continuance. The hearing will also set a  new date, originally set for April 9.

Christian appeared for a custody arraignment in district court on Jan. 12. He was indicted by a grand jury and entered a not guilty plea on Feb. 7. He is currently in custody at Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center on $650,000 bail.

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