Evan Craft charged in 2015 death

LIHUE — Appointed doctors could not agree whether a man accused of second-degree murder is fit to proceed for trial.

Evan Craft appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe Tuesday via a video conference for a hearing on the status of the findings of the examination ordered in December.

“Re-examination is appropriate for fitness and capacity,” said his attorney, Shauna Cahill. “The doctors needed more information to determine capacity and they couldn’t come to a decision.”

Craft, 34, is facing murder and DUI charges relating to the 2015 death of Michael Helppie.

In the early morning hours of June 1, police believe the two men got into a confrontation at a bar. The incident continued outside, where Craft’s SUV struck Helppie near the Kalapaki Seawall along Nawiliwili Park, according to reports.

Helppie, 37, died at the scene.

Craft, who was arrested on June 4, 2015, was originally represented by Emmanuel Guerrero, who withdrew his services in December.

Craft will be back in court on Feb. 7 for a review hearing.


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