Not guilty plea for man accused of firing gun toward Puna resident during eruption

Not guilty plea for man accused of firing gun toward Puna resident during eruption
Hubbard is accused of firing two shots toward the victim. (Image: Witness video/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused of firing a gun toward another man in Leilani Estates during the Kilauea Eruption appeared in court Monday.

John Hubbard pleaded not-guilty to federal firearms charges stemming from the incident in May.

Witness video allegedly caught Hubbard in a heated confrontation with a Puna resident on May 29, when Kilauea was highly active, evacuations were being ordered and tensions ran high.

Read the original report here: Gun-toting man who shot at lava evacuee to face federal firearm charges

After the incident, Hubbard faced 11 charges total ranging from first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree robbery and firearms offenses.

The 61-year-old's trial is now set for November. A mental health evaluation is also pending.

This story may be updated.

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