Ard release-case continued

LIHU‘E — Proceedings in the case of Raymond Earl Ard, who murdered a Waimea Valley man in 2005 but was acquitted by reason of insanity, have been delayed for the second time in the last two months.

Ard has been confined to the Hawai‘i State Hospital on O‘ahu since his 2006 bench trial. He is now seeking conditional release before Fifth Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe, following examination by three mental-health experts. However, examiners’ filing delays ended both Ard’s Sept. 7 and Oct. 12 hearings before they could begin.

On Tuesday, Public Defender Marissa Agena requested time to obtain and review the missing examination, which was improperly filed on O‘ahu. Ard is now scheduled to reappear before Watanabe via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Should Ard be granted conditional release and discharged from the custody of the state Department of Health director, he could find himself placed in another hospital or a 24-hour group home. But these possibilities are not under discussion, according to Agena.

“We are so far away from that at this point,” she explained in an interview following the hearing. “We’re still examining whether or not (conditional release) is appropriate for him, and then he would work with the state hospital on what the discharge plan from the hospital would be.”

Ard fatally stabbed retired physician Dr. Jon Kerns and attempted to kill his own stepson on Feb. 27, 2005. Ard attacked Kerns because he believed the 64-year-old man was “Satan in the flesh,” according to witness statements reported in the days following the tragedy.

Ard has sought unescorted off-grounds privileges several times since his confinement to Hawai‘i State Hospital. Each request was denied.


Scott Yunker, general assignment reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or

  1. Zchechuan October 13, 2021 1:55 am Reply

    Wow. This story is really interesting. Do they have DNA testing? To see if they caught the right guy? They caught the guy after because he ran away. I was reading up on cases like this. There is such a thing as scientific research that suggest autosuggestion may have played a part in the murder. And that autosuggestion every time may give a person a thought. So he just goes ahead with the murder. You know what this is like? It is like a mystery murder book. When a scientist get stabbed by one of his patients. Keep up the good work on reporting of the case.

  2. Rev Dr Malama October 13, 2021 8:52 am Reply

    The most just thing to do is confine this soul for life….. insanity of this magnitude is not curable and our community should not have to fear his release….
    Defense is a branch of the same State that decides his fate and assures his rights are secure.
    Public defender is a huge responsibility to balance the law and the rights of innocent people…. time will tell how a sick man, guilty of murder is cared for in an institutional facility…. at our expense.

    1. Ann the Genius October 13, 2021 8:56 pm Reply


  3. LTEreader October 13, 2021 10:19 am Reply


    A quick internet search procured all the answers for you…
    They don’t need DNA. Mrs. Kerns witnessed her husband being stabbed, and “Dr. Kerns last words were that he loved his wife and asked that God forgive Ard for stabbing him.”

    1. Rev Dr Malama October 16, 2021 7:16 am Reply

      I rest my case.

      Prayers for the cray, cray commenteers…. who are desperately trying to get attention to themselves with no compassion for the victims.

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