Hearing set in Bayfront shooting case


Three mental health professionals are unable to agree whether a man who allegedly shot another man to death late last year on the Hilo Bayfront is fit to stand trial.

On Thursday, Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara ordered 56-year-old Mark Anthony Whyne to report for a hearing on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

Whyne, a former special education teacher at Pahoa High School, is accused of shooting 32-year-old Faafetai Fiu to death with a 9 mm pistol on Bayfront Highway near Mooheau Park in downtown Hilo on Dec. 29.

Deputy Prosecutor Jack Matsukawa said afterwards that two of the doctors found Whyne unfit to proceed, while a third proclaimed him fit.

Whyne remains in custody without bail at Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

 

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