Kauai bank stabbing suspect to appear in court as a memorial grows

Kauai bank stabbing suspect to appear in court as a memorial grows
Louis Landsman mug shot. (Image: Kauai Police)
Louis Landsman mug shot. (Image: Kauai Police)

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A memorial with lei and flowers now sits at the desk of 68-year-old Charlene Landsman inside the First Hawaiian Bank Lihue Branch.

She was killed last week in a gruesome stabbing while she was at work. The alleged suspect is her son, 34-year-old Louis Elliot Landsman.

On Wednesday, Louis will appear in court.

The public defender's office filed a request Tuesday asking the court to hire a private attorney to represent Landsman.

They say they can't represent him because a witness in the investigation is a client, which could cause a conflict of interest.

According to police, Louis used a large hunting-style knife in the attack. Sources tell Hawaii News Now that Louis entered the bank several times prior to the stabbing, and it was evident there was tension between the two.

He was later arrested in the parking lot of the bank. He is being held on $1 million bail.

The bank reopened to customers earlier this week.

This story will be updated.

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