Cruz trial delayed

LIHUE — An Eleele man charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill his pregnant girlfriend in December has asked for his trial to be delayed until September.

Christopher Keola Cruz, 33, was scheduled for jury trial Monday, but his attorney requested a continuance until past the normal course, which would have been in August.

His new trial date is set to Sept. 26 before Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge Randal Valenciano.

Cruz is charged with eight counts, including second-degree murder, kidnapping, abuse of family or household members, second-degree terror threat, second-degree reckless endangering, driving without a license, no motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

On Dec. 6, 2015, Cruz and his pregnant girlfriend, Victoria Kanahele were stopped by Kauai police behind the Eleele Big Save for a traffic violation, according to court records. After police left, the two began fighting until Cruz allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Kanahele and then fled on foot.

Kanahele was rushed to the Wilcox Memorial Hospital Emergency Room where her 28-week-old baby later died after an emergency cesarean, according to court records.


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