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Posted at 12:29 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hearing on Mau-Goffredo's mental health slated today

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Staff Writer

A hearing is scheduled this afternoon on whether a panel of mental health experts should be appointed to determine if Adam Mau-Goffredo is fit to stand trial and if he was legally insane when he allegedly shot and killed three people at Tantalus lookout.

Mau-Goffredo, 24, is charged with the murder of a Kapahulu couple and a taxi driver and the home invasion robbery of a Round Top Drive home the evening of July 6.

Because of Mau-Goffredo's troubled mental history, including a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, city prosecutors asked for the appointment of the three-member panel to evaluate Mau-Goffredo.

Mau-Goffredo's defense lawyers aren't objecting to the appointment of the panel, but are asking that the experts initially limit the examination to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario will preside over the hearings.

The criminal proceedings will likely be put on hold until it can be determined if Mau-Goffredo is competent to stand trial.

Mau-Goffredo remains in custody at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.