HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A homeless man accused of vandalizing the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo has pleaded not guilty.
The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that 31-year-old Roy Carroll appeared in Hilo Circuit Court Wednesday on charges of second- and third-degree theft and criminal property damage.
Carroll allegedly stole a chain from the Bayfront Motors used-car lot and used it to sever the top 6 feet of the spear from the bronze statue of the monarch.
Carroll's attorney asked for supervised release or a bail reduction while the man awaits his Jan. 25 trial, saying Carroll has no previous felony convictions. The man had already spent a night away from jail due to a paperwork mix-up.
Jail officials say they received paperwork dismissing the district court case, but not the circuit court indictment.
The judge maintained bail at $11,000.