Trial delayed for Hawaii police officer in assault case

Trial delayed for Hawaii police officer in assault case

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The trial for a police officer charged with assaulting his 72-year-old neighbor in Kailua-Kona has been put on hold while the officer undergoes a mental examination.

West Hawaii Today reports Officer Jami Harper's attorney filed a motion seeking to have his client examined for his "capacity," not his "fitness to proceed" with trial. Kona Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra says he will reschedule the trial, which was originally set for July 26, after doctors release their findings in September.

The 39-year-old Hawaii Police Department officer was arrested Jan. 27 following a physical confrontation with a man at their apartment complex. The victim suffered a broken nose, bruising and needed stitches for a cut above his eye.

Harper was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical condition after the incident.

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