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Attempted Murder Suspect Gibson Again Free on Bail

May 27, 2014, 11:26 AM HST
* Updated May 27, 4:41 PM
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The Ka`u man accused of attempted murder in a stabbing at a Hilo beach park earlier this month has again been released from custody.

Paul Michael Gibson posted $500,000 Friday and was released from Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

The 46-year-old Gibson, who had been free after posting a $374,000 bond on May 15, was re-arrested on Thursday, May 21, after being indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts stemming from an incident at James Kealoha Beach Park, also known as 4-Mile Beach.

At the time the indictment was returned, Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura granted a motion by prosecutors to raise Gibson’s bail to $700,000, which prompted Gibson’s re-arrest.

However, when Gibson was arraigned on the higher bail amount on Friday, Nakamura granted a request from Gibson’s attorney — over the objection of county prosecutors — to reduce the bail amount to $500,000.

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It was not clear whether the additional $126,000 bail was paid in cash or, like the previous $374,000, was covered through a bail bond company.

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Trial for Gibson has been set for Oct. 20.

He is accused of stabbing 41-year-old David Coombes and threatening both him and Coombes’ wife with a handgun on May 10.

Coombes’ wife, Alicia, testified in an abbreviated preliminary hearing that Gibson’s provoked the incident.

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Gibson’s attorney, Michael Zola, previously told reporters that Gibson was acting in self-defense.

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