Man accused of beating girlfriend with hammer pleads not guilty

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 30-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder in the brutal beating of his girlfriend last week.

Kristopher Kalani is accused of beating his girlfriend in the face with a hammer.

His girlfriend, 31-year-old Grace Pineda, was found bloodied inside her car in the parking lot of a known Waianae game room last week, court documents say.

Pineda was taken to Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in critical condition.

Police say she had punctures to her right cheek, bleeding from her right eye, a fractured jaw, missing teeth, possible brain hemorrhaging and possible internal bleeding.

A bloody hammer was found in the backseat of Pineda's car and police say a man was seen in her car when officers reviewed footage from the game room's security cameras.

Kalani turned himself into the Kapolei Police Station and told officers he assaulted his girlfriend.

Judge James Kawashima denied a request to reduce Kalani's bail, which was set at $200,000.

Back in 2006, Kalani was arrested and charged in the fatal beating of 17-year old Alexander Sabala. After pleading guilty to first-degree assault, he served the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and was just released early last year.

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