By Mark Carpenter
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island man accused of assaulting a female staffer at the Hawaii State Hospital pled not guilty Thursday.
In 2009, Mark Davis was in the process of being put in restraints when he grew upset, grabbed a combination padlock and allegedly hit an occupational therapist several times in the head.
Deputy Public Defender Ed Harada entered a not guilty plea for Davis, who faces second-degree assault charges for the alleged attack.
Davis was committed to Kaneohe following his acquittal because of mental illness after being accused of raping and murdering a six-year-old Puna girl, Kauilani Tadeo.
Davis has been at the Oahu Community Correctional Facility since June 30. He will remain there until his trial begins in September.