Man pleads not guilty to taking Kamehameha statue's spear

Man pleads not guilty to taking Kamehameha statue's spear

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.

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