Maui mayor death threat charge dismissed

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A judge has dismissed a case against a man accused of threatening to kill Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.

But prosecutors are expected to refile the terroristic threatening charge against Austin Gerard Jr.

Gerard was indicted in 2012 after a woman reported seeing him carrying a knife near the county building. Police say he told her he was going to "murder the mayor." He went to Arakawa's office but left when his secretary said the mayor wasn't in yet.

The Maui News reports Deputy Public Defender William McGrath sought to dismiss the case because a trial hadn't started within six months of the indictment.

Judge Rhonda Loo dismissed the charge Wednesday but is allowing prosecutors to pursue it again.

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