Richard Leibman accused of kicking police officers, scaling a wall

LIHUE — A hearing to establish a man’s chances of being restored to full mental capacity was continued Monday.

Richard Leibman, also known as the “Jesus Bandit” is accused of assaulting police officers and scaling a wall to escape arrest.

He was due in court on Monday for two hearings, presided by Judge Kathleen Watanabe. One hearing was to determine his fitness to proceed with court proceedings and whether he can be restored. The second was to receive as evidence a report by Sharon Tisza, a psychiatrist on Oahu.

Leibman, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and a personality disorder, has been found unfit to proceed to trial at least twice, did not wish to participate Monday. His attorney, Kai Lawrence, asked for a continuance.

“I’ve been in discussions with the prosecution, and we are contemplating trying to work out a stipulation. And I am headed to Oahu this week, and I would like an opportunity to try one more time to talk to Mr. Leibman about it in person,” Lawrence said.

Leibman, 39, is facing burglary, assault on an officer and escape charges.


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