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Mental Evaluation Ordered for Kawena Krause

Posted January 29, 2013, 04:59 PM HST
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Claude Krause, right, enters the courtroom today accompanied by a sheriff's deputy. Photo by Dave Smith.

One of two men charged with the murder of Hawaiian Acres resident Dante Gilman today waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending his case on to Circuit Court.

District Court Judge Harry Freitas ordered Claude Krause, 30, to appear before Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara on Feb. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

A judge has ordered a mental exam for Kawena Krause, shown above in the courtroom today. Photo by Dave Smith.

A judge has ordered a mental exam for Kawena Krause, shown above in the courtroom today. Photo by Dave Smith.

Also today, Freitas granted a request from the lawyer for Krause’s cousin, Kawena Krause, that a mental evaluation be performed for his client.

Attorney Christopher Bridges told Freitas that based on conversations he has had with his client he had concerns that his 19-year-old client was impaired.

“I do have questions about his fitness,” Bridges said.

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Freitas ordered that the mental exam be completed by Feb. 19 and that Kawena Krause return to his courtroom  on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

The two cousins from Kurtistown have been charged with murder, robbery, burglary, theft and firearms charges in connection with Gilman’s death.

Gilman’s remains were found Jan. 18 off Stainback Highway.

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