Mental exam ordered in Kauai attempted murder case

Klein, 37, pleaded not guilty after accused of throwing Japanese woman off cliff

Published  1:28 PM HST May 09, 2013
LIHUE, Hawaii -

A man accused of pushing a Japanese visitor off a Kauai cliff has been ordered to undergo a mental examination to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

The Garden Island reports that 37-year-old Justin Wynn Klein of Kilauea appeared in 5th Circuit Court on Wednesday, where Judge Kathleen Watanabe granted the motion for the mental examination.

Klein has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder for allegedly throwing the 31-year-old woman off a cliff on Dec. 16, 2012.  The woman was critically injured and spent 10 days in the hospital.

Klein was a fugitive for four months before turning himself into police on April 6.  He is being held on $1 million bail at Kauai Community Correctional Center.

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