Man wants to change plea

LIHUE — One of the men police say tried to run over three police officers is expected to change his plea.

On Tuesday, Kalei Goodwin appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe on a number of charges, including promoting a harmful drug in the third degree, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest using physical force, and attempted murder in the first degree.

Those charges stem from three cases, one of which the state Attorney General’s Office is involved in.

Goodwin, who pleaded not guilty on Aug. 3, was scheduled to make a change of plea. But the matter was continued so he can weigh his options.

“There are 20 counts, 18 of which are felonies,” said Michael Green, his attorney. “I want him to address everything before him so he doesn’t feel rushed into making a decision.”

On Feb. 9, police say Goodwin, 31, and his accomplice, Kanbert Alapai, 35, were driving separate cars when they attempted to run over Brian Silva, James Rodriguez and Kapena Wilson while they were on duty, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

In one case, Goodwin is charged with possession of a prohibited substance, place to keep a pistol or revolver, place to keep ammunition, promoting a dangerous drug 2, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, promoting a harmful drug in the third degree, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest using physical force and promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree.

In the second case, Goodwin is facing promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest charges.

For the third case, he is facing resisting order to stop, two counts of attempted murder, drug paraphernalia, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and promoting a detrimental drug.

Alapai pleaded not guilty on April 25 to three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, resisting arrest, two counts of promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree and promoting a dangerous drug 2.

He will be in court today for a pre-trial conference.

Alapai is also set to go to trial on another, related case, on charges of attempted murder, drug paraphernalia, promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree and promoting a detrimental drug in the third degree, on Nov. 13.

Goodwin is expected to be in court on Sept. 11.

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