HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Charges against the man accused of fatally shooting three people in Tantalus 12 years ago have been dropped after a judge ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial.
After the ruling earlier this week, suspect Adam Mau was committed to the care of the state Health Department to be placed in a mental institution.
Mau was charged with a total of 21 counts, from first-degree murder to assault to robbery, in connection with the crime spree on July 6, 2006.
Prosecutors said Mau fatally shot his taxi driver and then a couple taking photos of the city lights at a Tantalus lookout. Mau later broke into a nearby home, bound its three occupants at gunpoint, and stole their car, according to court documents.
Defense attorneys for Mau, now 36, had long pointed to his history of mental illness and violence toward family members and others. In 2002, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Earlier this week, after a long string of hearings, the court determined that Mau would never be fit to stand trial.
"Where the deaths of three innocent victims are involved, it is impossible to imagine any more serious crimes that can be committed in the state of Hawaii. This factor alone is given substantial weight by this court," Judge Rom Trader wrote, in a lengthy decision on the matter.
Trader continued, "The state has not overcome defendant's establishment by a preponderance of the evidence that he is incompetent to stand trial and that there is not a substantial likelihood that he would regain fitness."
While Mau was at the Oahu Community Correctional Center waiting for his triple-murder trial to begin he he uses a pen to stab a corrections officer in the face.
He was later sent to the Hawaii State Hospital where he has been since.
While his committal to the Department of Health keeps him out of the public, it is not a sentence and therefore it's up to the agency to determine how long he needs psychiatric treatment.