HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu criminal court judge will preside over Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's trial for charges stemming from his alleged misuse of a government credit card.
Judge Dexter Del Rosario has been appointed to preside over the case, after available Hawaii Island judges recused themselves.
Kenoi has pleaded not guilty to theft and other charges in the case. The trial is set to begin July 18.
A grand jury indicted Kenoi last month with two counts of second-degree felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft, three counts of tampering with government records and one count of false swearing.
Kenoi has admitted to making tens of thousands of dollars of unauthorized purchases on his government purchasing card, but the mayor says he intended to pay it back. He has also apologized to Big Island constituents.