Judge delays arraignment for man accused of stabbing three


A judge delayed arraignment Thursday for a 28-year-old man accused of stabbing three people last month in Hilo.

Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara rescheduled arraignment for Varaha Mims to June 24, after a hearing about a mental examination is scheduled.

A hearing about the examiner’s report, which will determine if Mims is fit to stand trial, is set for July 8.

Mims was indicted by a Hilo grand jury June 4 on charges of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, marijuana possession and fourth-degree property damage.

He’s accused of an early-morning stabbing spree May 23 that critically injured 28-year-old Skylar Nelson of Pahoa and Mims’ former landlord, 49-year-old Raghunatha John Giuffre of Wainaku. Both are reportedly recovering.

Also injured was Nelson’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Sarah Steinbrecher of Hilo, who was treated for her wounds and released.

The attempted first-degree murder charge is because of multiple victims and carries a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole upon conviction. Conviction for attempted second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life with the possibility of parole.

 

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