LIHUE — A man accused of killing his mother last week while she was working at First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street, was formally charged with murder in the second degree Monday.
“Louis Elliot Landsman was arraigned today in front of Judge Robert Goldberg and charged with murder in the second degree, with the possibility of enhanced sentencing, where the murder was against an elderly victim age 62 or older and was a heinously cruel and atrocious crime,” said Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar in a statement to The Garden Island newspaper.
Bail was confirmed at $1 million.
Police say Landsman, walked into First Hawaiian Bank about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, where he approached his mother, Charlene Landsman, 69, and stabbed her. He then fled on foot, but was later apprehended in the bank’s parking lot.
The victim was transported to Wilcox Medical Center in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead.
After he was apprehended, Louis Landsman was transported to police cellblock.
In court Monday, Landsman was represented by Deputy Public Defender Dena Renti Cruz, while Kollar appeared on behalf of the state.
Louis Landsman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.