Man accused of stabbing two hikers found mentally fit

Benjamin Davis in February 2009
Benjamin Davis in February 2009

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu judge on Thursday ruled that a Kalihi resident, accused of stabbing two men at a trail in Hawaii Kai earlier this year, is mentally fit to stand trial.

Benjamin Davis is charged with multiple counts of attempted murder. The judge cleared the way for a trial after a panel of mental health experts, who examined the defendant, determined he is capable of assisting in his defense.

Prosecutors say Davis attacked Guy Tanaka and Nicholas Iwamoto at the top of Koko Crater Trail February 1st.

Tanaka suffered a stab wound to his back, but was able to testify at a preliminary hearing.

Iwamoto spent about a month in the hospital. He survived stab wounds to his head, chest, abdomen and hands.