Police say Wendell Badua stabbed his wife

LIHUE — A man police believe stabbed his wife was arraigned Tuesday on attempted murder and assault charges.

Wendell Badua, 37, appeared before District Court Judge Michael Soong on charges stemming from a Friday arrest after police say he attacked his wife with a knife.

Badua, who lives in Hanamaulu, enlisted the help of an Ilocano translator for the proceedings.

Badua and his wife, who has not been identified, were at home when police say he stabbed his wife in the abdomen with a knife at about 6:25 p.m.

The victim was taken to Wilcox Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. She has been released from the hospital, county officials said.

Badua’s mother-in-law sustained non-life threatening injuries during the incident. She was taken to Wilcox for treatment and was later released.

Attempted murder in the second degree is punishable by up to life in prison with a chance of parole. Assault in the second degree is punishable by up to five years in prison.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, Soong ordered a bail study and confirmed Badua’s bail at $510,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 11.

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