Hawaii County mayor seeks to have theft case dismissed

Hawaii County mayor seeks to have theft case dismissed

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A lawyer for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has made several requests to have Kenoi's theft case tossed out before he heads to trial.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Attorney Todd Eddins filed three pretrial motions earlier this month to dismiss the indictment returned against the mayor. He also filed a motion seeking dismissal of Kenoi's two felony theft charges.

A grand jury indicted Kenoi on March 23 on felony and misdemeanor charges of theft, tampering with public records and making a false statement under oath.

The accusations stem from Kenoi's alleged misuse of a county-issued credit card from 2011 to 2015.

A judge will consider the motions at a Sept. 16 hearing.

Kenoi will be succeeded in December by former Mayor Harry Kim.

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