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Judge orders new mental exam for man accused of killing school teacher

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of stabbing a school teacher to death two years ago will undergo another mental examination to determine if he's ready to stand trial.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins ordered a new evaluation for Tittleman Fauatea Monday, after doctors at the Hawaii State Hospital indicated that he may now be fit to proceed. Criminal proceedings were suspended February 8th, after the defendant was declared mentally unfit.

Fauatea is accused of repeatedly stabbing Asa Yamashita, 43, at the Ewa Town Center in February 2009. The Waianae High School teacher was eating on a bench when she was brutally attacked.

The court will appoint three mental health experts to examine the defendant and report their findings. The next hearing is scheduled for July 18th.

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