Defendant fit to proceed in attempted murder case

LIHUE — A Princeville man accused of attempted second-degree murder was found fit to proceed to trial Thursday in 5th Circuit Court.

Kyle Matthew Welch, 27, was arrested Jan. 9, 2014, for using a machete to injure a 42-year-old man and threaten another at Anini Beach. He was indicted for attempted second-degree murder and first-degree terroristic threat.

The case has been on hold since February as the court waited on the results of a defense motion for an examination of Welch to determine his fitness to stand trial.

Chief Judge Randal Valenciano accepted the reports. A new trial date was scheduled for June 1.

The court had scheduled a change of plea hearing in July, but it was continued until all three reports were received from the medical examiners. 

Welch continues to be held at Kauai Community Correctional Center.

Bail is set at $750,000.

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